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Flu shots offered this week for elderly

Elderly residents in Lincoln County are receiving flu vaccines again this week.
The Lincoln County Health Department is administering more shots today, Thursday and Friday. Clinics will be held:
Today from 1 to 4 p.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church in Vale, N.C. 27 West
Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church in Vale
Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center on the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College
Flu vaccines will be given to adults who fall within the CDC guidelines:
Adults age 65 years and older
Adults 18-65 with underlying chronic medical conditions
Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the flu season
Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Healthcare workers involved in direct patient care
Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than six months
Participants who are under 65 will be asked to sign a form verifying that they meet one of the categories.
No appointment is needed for the flu clinics. Participants will receive a number upon arrival, and the vaccines will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
A health department nurse will administer shots to patients inside their vehicles if they are not able to enter the facility.
The lack of available flu shots in Lincoln County is part of the nationwide shortage that occurred in October when Chiron, a pharmaceutical company, announced it would not be shipping its scheduled 46 to 48 million doses of the flu vaccine.
The Lincoln County Health Department and Lincoln Medical Center have been working on meeting the needs of patients in the area while facing the vaccine shortage.
For more information about this week’s flu clinics, call the Lincoln County Health Department, 704-735-3001.

by Staff Reports

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