It’s not every year a hospital sees an abundance of flu vaccines, which is why Mercy Hospital Lebanon is pleased to announce a free clinic next week.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, nurses will be on hand to administer flu shots at no charge to anyone 18 and older. The clinic, which will run from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is meant for those who have limited access to health care and are without a physician.
The hospital’s suppliers were able to provide and keep up with the demand of flu vaccines this year, which is contingent on the flu strain for each season. “We are blessed this year to have received a more than adequate supply,” said Judy O’Connor-Snyder, vice president of nursing. “We are doubly blessed because that has not always been the case. This endeavor truly represents the spirit of Mercy.”
The clinic will be held inside the conference rooms on the main floor of the hospital, located at 100 Hospital Drive. If you are pregnant, you must have a note from your physician to receive a vaccination.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but seasonal flu can strike as early as October.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine each year, but “other forms of prevention include hand washing and using alcohol-based sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose when possible,” said Rachel Bailey, director of wellness services. “And be sure to stay home if you’re sick.”
No appointment is necessary for the clinic. To learn more about the 2013-2014 flu season, visit http://CDC.gov.