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Inter-Lakes to host flu clinic

TICONDEROGA - Inter-Lakes Health will host a "Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic" on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3-7 p.m. where members of the community can come be vaccinated.

The clinic will be in Moses-Ludington Hospital's cafeteria on the lower level of the main building.

No appointment is necessary.

"We hope that many community members take advantage of the clinic here at Moses-Ludington Hospital. The central location should make it easy for anyone who wants a vaccine to get one," said Michael D. Zemany, Inter-Lakes Health's chief operating officer.

The event is one in a series of clinics being offered by the Essex County Public Health Department.

The seasonal flu shot is available at no charge for anyone from age 6 months through 18 years. The cost for adults 19 and older is $20, payable to Essex County Public Health. Anyone with Medicaid or Medicare Part B should bring their card, as the cost is covered by those plans.

The seasonal flu shot does not protect against the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu). A vaccine for that is not available yet, though Essex County will be scheduling public vaccination clinics when it becomes available.

The county Health Department can be reached at 873-3500 or online at www.co.essex.ny.us/publichealth/

To stay healthy during flu season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

• Stay home if you get sick to limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

"Preparation and education are the best ways to prevent getting the flu or sharing the virus," said Registered Nurse Jane Whitney, infection control nurse for Inter-Lakes Health.

More information on the seasonal flu is available online at www.flu.gov/

More information on the H1N1 virus (swine flu) is available online at www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU/

Inter-Lakes Health can be reached online at www.interlakeshealth.com or by calling 585-2831.

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