Shawnee County Sets Flu Shot Clinics

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Health Agency is giving people four more shots at getting their seasonal flu shot.

The agency has four flu shot clinics set at locations around the county:
*Thursday, Sept. 24, 1:30 to 7 pm, Seaman High School, 4850 NW Rochester Rd.
*Friday, Sept. 25, 10 am to 2 pm, Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE 7th Ave.
*Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 am to 3 pm, Velma Paris Community Center, 6715 SW Westview
*Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1 to 7 pm, Silver Lake Grade School, 200 Rice Rd, Silver Lake

The shots are $25.00 each, and most insurance plans are accepted.

Individuals receiving shots should remember to bring their insurance cards. Cash and checks will be accepted forms of payment.

These vaccinations are only for seasonal influenza. The health agency will release information regarding H1N1 vaccinations as soon as it becomes available.

Hand Washing Reminders:
One of the most important ways to prevent the flu is to wash your hands after touching another person, or an item or surface that may have been infected.

When to Wash Your Hands:
•Before preparing or eating food
•After going to the bathroom
•Before and after tending to someone who is sick
•After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
•After handling an animal or animal waste
•After handling garbage
•Before and after treating a cut or wound

How to Wash Hands with Soap and Water:
•Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
•Rub hands together to make lather and scrub all surfaces.
•Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Be sure to scrub between fingers, under fingernails, around joints, and the tops and palms of hands.
•Rinse hands well under running water.
•Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
•When helping a child, rub their hands first and then wash your own.

How to Wash Hands with Hand Sanitizer:
•Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Use alcohol-based gel that has at least 60% alcohol content to be effective.
•Use hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty (if hands are dirty, wipe off dirt first).
•Apply enough sanitizer for both hands to the palm.
•Rub hands, covering between fingers, under fingernails, around joints and the tops and palms of hands until dry. If your hands dry before 10 seconds you did not use enough.

Cover Your Cough
To help stop the spread of germs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.


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