The Lincoln County Health Department will offer flu vaccines to adults next week.
Appointments are now being made for next weekâ€™s vaccinations, set for Dec. 2, 3 and 4.
Recipients of the shots must be 65 years old and older; pregnant women; healthcare workers involved in patient care; or persons who suffer from chronic disease.
All adults who are 65 and younger must present a doctorâ€™s order stating their chronic condition to receive the flu vaccine.
The state has informed the health department that more vaccine should become available before January 2005, said health department officials. Once the vaccine is provided, satellite flu clinics will be held throughout the county. Dates for the clinics will be announced upon receipt of the vaccine.
Steps can be taken for those not receiving the flu vaccine. Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water or clean them with alcohol based hand cleaner after coughing or sneezing.
Anyone who is sick should stay in to minimize contamination to others. People should cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and put used tissues in the waste basket at all times.
People with the flu should wear disposable masks when around others if possible to prevent spreading the flu.
Vaccinations for children were administered at the health department last week. Senior citizens have already taken advantage of a drive-thru clinic at Lincoln Medical Center.
To date, the hospital has only received approximately half of its usual volume of the shots.
No cases of the flu have been reported yet this year.
To make an appointment for next weekâ€™s clinics at the health department, call 704-736-8652.
A story in the Nov. 26 edition listed the wrong dates for the upcoming clinic. by Diane Turbyfill