Free flu shots available to those in need at Roan Mountain health fair

Published 8:48 am Friday, September 23, 2016

United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, Walgreens Pharmacy, and FamilyWize are partnering together to help make Flu vaccines available to some members of the community who might not be able to afford them otherwise.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. until Noon, the Carter County Health Department and Mountain Electric are sponsoring a community health fair at Cloudland Elementary, located at 8540 Highway 19E, in Roan Mountain. As part of that health fair, United Way, Walgreens and FamilyWize will be providing free flu shot vouchers to individuals who do not have health insurance or are unable to afford the vaccine.
“There will be a pharmacist on site from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.,” said Josh McKinney, the Community Impact Coordinator for the local United Way. “They can either take their voucher with them or get their shot on site.”
The vouchers are good for a no-cost flue shot at Walgreens and Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations. McKinney said there are around 100 vouchers that will be handed out on Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Walgreens is providing the vouchers as part of the company’s nationwide program that helps make flu shots available to those without insurance or who cannot afford to get the shot on their own.
In addition to the shots, McKinney said FamilyWize will be providing information on the programs and services the agency offers, including a prescription card that allow people to get a discount on their medications.
“At FamilyWize, we care about Americans affording what they need to stay healthy,” said Joseph Sanginiti, President and Chief Operating Officer of FamilyWize. “Whether it’s prescription medications or preventative vaccines, our mission is to support the communities we serve and make a happy, healthy life accessible “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older to help protect against the seasonal flu epidemic. December through March is peak season for flu activity and individuals are urged to take preventative measures to keep themselves and those around them healthy.
In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:
• Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible with soap and water. If soap is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Stay Home: Avoid leaving your home for school, work, and errands when you are sick. Experts recommend you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
• Avoid Close Contact: Do your best to avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid close contact with others when you are sick.
• Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth: Viruses often spread when a person touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth after exposure to the virus. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
• Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with germs.

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