Indiana County Community Emergency/Disaster Planning Committee’s Health and Human Services Subcommittee is offering free adult and pediatric flu shots on Sunday, October 19, 2008, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at three local high schools, the Center for Health and Well-Being announced.
These free flu shots are also an opportunity to test our Points of Dispensing System (PODS) for mass distribution of medications to county residents during a pandemic flu outbreak or other emergency event.
As a part of this drill, the free flu shots will be given from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Blairsville, Indiana, and Marion Center high schools. Last year, the incidence of the flu was the highest in recent years for Indiana County.
Influenza is much more than a bad cold; it is a very serious disease. It is estimated that influenza causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year. It’s also important to remember that the injectable vaccine is made from inactivated or killed viruses. This means that people cannot get the flu from the vaccine.
For more information, call the Institute for Healthy Living at 724-357-8088.