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Scott County Health Department offers extended hours walk-in clinic

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Jeanne Stalker with the Scott County Health Department gives a flu shot to a patient on Tuesday. Jill Bock, Staff
SIKESTON -- Scott County residents who can't seem to make any of the flu vaccination clinics during the daytime are in luck.

Their health department will offer an extended hours walk-in clinic from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at its Sikeston office. A daytime clinic will be offered earlier in the day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

"We're trying to target people who work during the day and children who are in school or daycare," said registered nurse Karen Evans.

However, the clinic is open to any Scott County residents.

"We haven't had any reported cases of flu as of yet, but the influenza can occur at any time," Evans said. "Flu season is most commonly from October through May, but most of the cases occur in January and February."

All people ages 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine, Evans said.

"It takes two weeks for protection to take full effect, and protection lasts about a year," Evans said, reiterating that adults and children and need to be vaccinated yearly.

However, there are some exceptions to the vaccine recommendations. Although it's rare, a severe allergy to any vaccine component may be reason not to get the vaccine, Evans noted. Also if someone has Guillain-Barre syndrome, they should not receive the vaccination, she said.

"If someone isn't feeling well they day they're supposed to get vaccinated, they should wait until they're back to normal before getting the flu shot," Evans said.

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