Servolution Health Services will be holding a Free Flu Vaccine Clinic for the uninsured of the area over this week and next week.
The clinic will be open for the free flu vaccines Jan. 24 and 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Jan. 29, the clinic will be open for vaccines from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Additionally, an evening clinic for the flu vaccine will be open on Jan. 29 from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest FluView report, the H1N1 flu continues to cause a lot of illness across the country and flu-related hospitalization and death indicators are up this week from last.
The estimated proportion of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths is now above the epidemic threshold for the first time this season; this means that more pneumonia and influenza deaths are occurring than expected for this time of year. Additionally, the number of pediatric deaths reported to CDC this season doubled last week from 10 to 20.
More than 60 percent of hospitalizations continue to occur in people between the ages of 18 and 64. While this is a somewhat unusual pattern for seasonal flu, a similar age distribution for hospitalizations was seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
The pandemic was the last time that H1N1 viruses were the predominant circulating flu virus. Taken together, these indicators underscore the impact that seasonal flu is having on the United States, particularly on younger people.
CDC continues to recommend that people who have not gotten vaccinated yet this season get vaccinated now. While activity may be declining in states where the season began earlier, nationally the country is likely to experience several more weeks of high flu activity as flu spreads to other states. Forty states reported widespread flu activity last week.
No appointment is required for the Free Flu Vaccine Clinic at Servolution Health Services. Anyone from the Tri-State area is welcome. The clinic serves the uninsured of the area, from any state, whose income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines.
Servolution Health Services is located 8.7 miles from Harrogate, off Hwy. 63 in the old Powell Valley High School vocational building in Speedwell. The address is 245 Powell Valley School Lane.
To determine eligibility, make an appointment for medical or dental services or for more information call 276-445-1067.
Marisa Anders may be reached at 423-626-3222 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.