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MDH 2012 Flu Clinics Vaccinate 804

11/15/2012

MACOMB—McDonough District Hospital Home Health Care staff vaccinated 804 area residents as the best way to protect against the flu. The MDH community flu shot clinics were held at 11 locations throughout the area from September 26 through November 1.

The largest two clinics were at the Macomb American Legion with 210 vaccinations provided and at the Bushnell Recreation & Cultural Center/Senior Center with 92 participants. Clinics were also held in Industry, Blandinsville, Colchester and Table Grove.

MDH Home Health staff received assistance from nursing students enrolled at Spoon River College and Western Illinois University nursing programs. The clinics provided 64 more vaccinations in 2012 than the 740 vaccinated in 2011.
These clinics are an excellent way to provide service to the community as we provide education and vaccinate residents for the flu season, according to Julie Trulson, Patient Care Coordinator, MDH Home Health/Hospice.

This year’s flu shot protects against the seasonal flu virus as well as H1N1. A doctor’s order is not required to receive a flu shot. MDH will offer flu shots to anyone 18 years of age or older. Flu shots are still available at the MDH Convenient Care facility at Macomb Hy-Vee.

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