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Jay Hospital offers flu shots to students needing vaccine

 

November 8, 2018



Student-aged children in Jay who were not able to get flu shots at school will now have the chance to.

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is partnering with Healthy Schools to provide flu shots to Santa Rosa County students from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Novemebr 14 at the Jay Clinic. located at 14122 Alabama St., behind Jay Hospital.

Shots will also be provided to the students’ family members at the clinics, which will be held at the health department’s sites in Jay. The shots will be provided on a walk-in basis.

“The clinics are an opportunity for parents who had planned for their children to get a flu shot at school to get their child vaccinated,” said Sandra L. Park-O’Hara, APRN, DOH-Santa Rosa administrator. “We also want to offer the vaccine to the students’ families.”

The flu shot is a safe and simple way to help prevent the flu and is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, including women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, and those whose immune systems are compromised by HIV, cancer, and chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.

In addition to a flu shot, the health department recommends taking these precautions to help prevent the flu: wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer; cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, or sneeze or cough into your elbow or sleeve; if you do become sick, stay home until fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of fever reducing medication, except to seek medical care.

For more information on the flu shot clinics, contact the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County at 850-983-5200. For more information on the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

 
 

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