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Alachua County tries to stem onslaught of flu

The Health Department located in Gainesville, Fla.
The Health Department located in Gainesville, Fla.
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Updated: 8/31/2013 9:03 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Vaccines effective against the major circulating strains of the flu are now available for Alachua County residents at several sites across the county, according to the county's Health Department.

The cost for the vaccine is $25 and if citizens have Medicare Part B, there is no charge for the shot.

Residents between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured, have Medicaid or an insurance that does not cover the immunization may also receive the vaccine for free.

"Receiving an influenza vaccine is a primary preventive measure against influenza infection." stated Paul Myers, administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. "In addition to getting a flu shot, staying home when ill, practicing proper cough etiquette and washing your hands are effective personal means to protect yourself and the community from a variety of illnesses."

Residents can receive this year's flu shot at either the Health Department's main clinic in Gainesville, located at 224S.E. 24th St., or at the satellite clinic at 15530 N.W. U.S. Hwy. 441 in Alachua.
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