Pinal County now providing flu vaccines

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The Pinal County Public Health Services District began providing flu vaccine to the public today, Oct. 26, and continuing through Nov. 6. Adults can receive a flu shot by appointment only. Children can receive a flu shot without an appointment, according to a press release.

In order to schedule appointments for adults, call toll-free 888-431-1311, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Insurance plans will be billed for those with coverage. Children’s flu vaccine is free for those under the age of 19. Adult flu vaccine for those who are uninsured or under-insured is free upon verification of eligibility.

For adults who are unable to schedule an appointment, the opportunity to receive a flu shot on a walk-in basis will be available on the following days beginning Nov. 7 in the far east Valley:

•Apache Junction: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays-Fridays, 575 N. Idaho St. Suite 301.

•Coolidge: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays, 119 W. Central.

•San Tan Valley 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Wednesdays, 36235 N. Gantzel Road.

•Superior: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, 60 E. Main St.

All Pinal County Public Health Services District clinics will be closed on the following days: Oct, 31, Nov, 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 26-28.

The health department reminds the public to always follow these everyday steps to protect one’s health:

•Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash afterward.

•Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.

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

•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

•If sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick. A fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

To schedule an appointment for a flu shot or for more information on influenza and vaccinations, call the Pinal County Citizen Contact Center at 888-431-1311.

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