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3 free flu clinics hosted by Greer Memorial Hospital

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Greer Memorial Hospital provided more than 2,000 free flu shots in the community last year.
 

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Greer Memorial Hospital provided more than 2,000 free flu shots in the community last year.

 

Three free flu clinics are scheduled the next two weeks by Greer Memorial Hospital. No registration is required.

“We are already seeing low levels of the flu earlier than usual in the Upstate,” said Sue Boeker, a Greenville Hospital System registered nurse and infection prevention specialist. “So, it’s important that people get vaccinated now to better protect themselves from the virus this season.”

“The flu shot is the best preventive measure to avoid getting the virus,” Boeker said. “The more people who are vaccinated, the better our community is protected from the flu.”

Last flu season, Greer Memorial Hospital provided more than 2,000 flu shots in the community.

The clinics, date and times:

• Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4-8 p.m., Washington Baptist Church, 3500 N. Highway 14.

• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 4-8 p.m. at Greer Memorial Hospital, 803 S. Buncombe Road

• Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-11 a.m., at Greer Memorial Hospital

Everyone at least 6 months of age should get a flu shot. People diagnosed with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, pregnant women and people age 65 and older are at a higher risk of being infected and should make the vaccinations a top priority, according to GHS.

Other steps to reduce illness this cold and flu season include:

• Washing hands often and keep them away from your face

• Avoid close contact with people who have flu symptoms

• Prevent the spread of illness to others by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

• If you’re sick, stay home from work or school at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

 

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