Flu Immunization Clinics Open Saturday

Flu Immunization Clinics Open Saturday


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Ed Yeates ReportingMass immunization clinics for flu shots open this Saturday in Salt Lake County. There's plenty of vaccine this year, we're told, so the Centers for Disease Control is recommending everybody get a shot, especially kids.

Kids, we love ‘em, but sometimes in that world they hold in their hands is seasonal stuff, like the flu bug.

Preschools are becoming so popular, the CDC wants to expand protection, not just from kids six months to 24 months, but from six months to five years or even older. So guidelines on who should get flu shots this year have been expanded to include this wider age range of children in preschool, nurseries and day care centers.

Gary Edwards, Executive Director, Salt Lake Valley Health Dept.: "Kids like to touch each other. They like to touch themselves, and they touch themselves and others and just keep spreading things. And they go home and it's the same thing. They continue to spread within their family."

Kids, mom, dad, grandma and grandpa - come one, come all. This year there's no restriction on who gets the flu shots first.

Gary Edwards: "The supply is very good this year and we're encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this year."

So this Saturday, Salt Lake Valley Health Clinics open their doors for mass immunizations. Families can choose between needles, the non needle Biojet air injector, or if you're between five and 49 years of age, the nasal flu mist.

Locations:

The Salt Lake City Health Clinic
610 South 200 East Southeast Clinic
9340 South 700 East

Hours at both places are *;00 in the morning till 1:00 in the afternoon.

A small outbreak of the flu has already been reported in one part of the country. Salt Lake reported its first case a month ago and it was a child who got it.

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