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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 2, 2005
Contact:
Dr. Diana Yu, (360) 709-3082

Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Area Lions Clubs Announce Flu Vaccine Clinic


​The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corp has received a supply of influenza vaccine which is being made available to all residents of Thurston County.  A vaccination clinic will be held at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department located at 412 Lilly Rd. NE in Olympia on Sunday, December 11th, 2005 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

All county residents 6 months of age and older, who haven't yet received a flu shot, are welcome.  The cost is $15, though no one will be refused a flu shot due to the inability to pay.  Medical coupons will be accepted. 

Thurston County Public Health Officer, Doctor Diana Yu, says it is never too late to get a flu shot. " Influenza activity has just started in Thurston County and usually peaks in February.  Getting a flu shot in December will still afford protection against the flu." 

With the holidays upon us, many people may be planning to travel or attend family and other social gatherings.  It is important to take precautions to avoid getting sick or spreading illness.  Precautions such as getting a flu shot, covering your cough with your sleeve or a tissue and washing your hands frequently with warm soap and water when sick will help prevent getting or spreading illness.  Other tips include not sharing drinks, food or cigarettes, and avoiding gatherings and public places if you are sick with a cough or fever. 

The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is made up of area volunteers including Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, emergency workers, and ex- military medics.  By partnering with area Lions Clubs, Thurston County continues to build emergency response capacity and increase the ability of the public health department to bring services, such as flu shots, to the area.

Again, the flu shot clinic will be held Sunday, December 11th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Thurston County Health Department at 412 Lilly Road NE across from Providence Saint Peter Hospital.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3