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7:44 PM Mon, Nov. 12th

KRMC offers free flu vaccinations

KINGMAN - Flu season is just around the corner! In an effort to help keep our community healthy, Kingman Regional Medical Center has put together a number of free flu shot clinics over the next few weeks:

• Mohave County Fair at the KRMC Booth

From 5 to 9 p.m Thursday and Friday

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

• Andy Devine Days Rodeo

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25

• Katherine Heidenreich Center (Airway Ave.)

From 9 a.m. to Noon Oct. 5 and 26

• KRMC's Women's Health Expo

(Del E. Webb Wellness Center)

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15

Note: The annual flu shot includes the H1N1 vaccine this year. The flu vaccine will be the inactivated (not "live") version.

Some people should not get inactivated influenza vaccine or should wait. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any severe (life-threatening) allergies. Allergic reactions to influenza vaccine are rare. The influenza vaccine virus is grown in eggs. People with a severe egg allergy should not get the influenza vaccine. A severe allergy to any vaccine component is also a reason not to get the vaccine. If you ever had a severe reaction after a dose of influenza vaccine, or if you ever had Guillain- Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS). Your provider will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.

What are the risks from inactivated influenza vaccine? A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Serious problems from inactivated influenza vaccine are very rare. The viruses in inactivated influenza vaccine have been killed, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine.

Mild problems may include: Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given; hoarseness; sore, red or itchy eyes; cough; fever; aches. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.