Gila County Public Health Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

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Gila County Public Health Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic 

Gila County Public Health sponsored a drive-thru flu clinic at High Desert Middle School in Globe  Nov. 8; described afterwards as Gila County's most successful 'Point of Dispersal' exercise, with about 90 participants. For those who needed a bit more incentive to drive up and get protected ahead of flu season, all participants had a chance to win a 50-inch LG smart TV (thanks to a generous donation by Haven Health); other prizes include gift cards and gift certificates from gracious donors including J & R's El Rey Cafe, Guayo's on the trail, and Guild Consulting.
What is ‘The Flu’?
Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting nose, throat and lungs - infection spreads through the air when a person who has the virus sneezes, coughs, or speaks.
Flu season runs October-to-May; Gila County Public Health Department staff advise getting the flu shot as early in the season as possible. The flu can come on suddenly; symptoms include fatigue, body aches and chills, cough, sore throat, and fever. The flu virus affects animals too. An average of 5-percent to 20-percent of the United States population contract the virus. The flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and 200,000 hospitalizations every year.

The 2017-2018 flu season was known as the deadliest in decades; 80,000 died from the flu, with more than 900,000 hospitalized. Sadly, 185 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC, of which 80-percent were children who did not receive the flu shot.
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