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Copley Hospital Prepares for Flu Season With Public Flu Vaccine Clinics

October 12, 2018

Copley Hospital is offering public flu vaccine clinics for adults beginning October 25th.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated before flu begins spreading in their community.  Keep in mind that takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to protect against flu to develop in your body, so make plans to get vaccinated before flu season begins. Peak season for flu typically runs December – March.

Copley will be offering flu shot clinics for the public on the following dates:

Thursday, October 25th 10:00am – Noon; Copley Hospital
Friday, October 26th 9:30 – 11:30am; Copley Woodlands, 125 Thomas Lane Stowe
Friday, November 2nd 2:00-4:00pm; Copley Hospital

 

Protect yourself and those around you by getting the flu vaccine and practice good health habits, including:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older, especially people at high risk and their caregivers get vaccinated each season.  The flu can cause mild to severe illness.  Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration. Those considered at high risk include:

  • People who have certain medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and a weakened immune system
  • Pregnant women
  • People living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • Household contacts and caregivers of people with the medical conditions listed above

Should you have any questions regarding the seasonal flu vaccine, or dates and times of Copley’s Flu Vaccine clinics, contact the Hospital’s Wellness Center at 802-888-8369 or visit us online at www.copleyvt.org.