The local Thrifty White Pharmacy is pairing up with Affiliated Community Medical Centers to hold a community flu shot clinic at a variety of area locations on Thursday, September 24.
As the fall season transitions to winter flu season will kick into high gear, leaving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that individuals get their flu shot now.
“The message is pretty simple,” said Granite Falls ACMC Physician, Dr. Art Rillo, “If you’re older than six months you get a should a flu shot.”
Rillo noted that there are two main types of the flu, influenza A & B, as well as two subtypes, H1N1 and H3N2. Of the lot, H3N2 is the slightly more dangerous, but regardless all are highly communicable and can be deadly, especially for those with developing and depressed immune systems.
“A lot of people won’t get the flu and a lot of people who do will survive without any issue,” noted Rillo. “But people less than two and greater than 65 have a higher chance getting really sick, and the problem is that it spreads so easily. So the goal in immunization is really to cut out the epidemics.”
In this line of thought, the importance of getting a flu shot is not so much for the individual, but for the community as a whole––and, in particular, those most susceptible to being severly impacted by the virus.
For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. However, you may not realize that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States from flu complications each year. The flu also can be deadly. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 .and 2006, estimates of yearly flu associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people during the most severe season.
“If you have contact with people you should be immunized and you should do it now,” he said. “Not before you get your first cough because then it’s too late.”
Thrifty White has pledged to give one dollar back to the community for every single flu immunization given at the following locations on Thursday, September 24. A $5 Thrifty White coupon will be given to those who receive a shot at the Thrifty. All flu shots at these locations will be administered by members of the Granite Falls Ambulance.
•Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort, Convention Center Dakota Room –– noon to 8:00 p.m.
•Almich’s Market, noon to 5:00 p.m.
•Kilowatt Community Center, Community Room –– 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
•YME High School, Board Room (east entrance) –– 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•Thrifty White Pharmacy –– Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.