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KRMC offers free flu shots

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center is offering a number of free flu shot clinics over the next few weeks.

Flu shots are available this week at the KRMC booth at the Mohave County Fair. Shots will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Shots will also be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30 during the Andy Devine Days Rodeo, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 during the Walk Away from Drugs event.

Shots will also be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 15 and 29 at the Katherine Heidenreich Center, 1776 Airway Avenue.

KRMC also plans to offer the vaccines at its Women's Health Expo in the Del E. Webb Wellness Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20.

Influenza is a contagious disease. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Anyone can get influenza, but rates are highest among children. Young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions - such as heart, lung or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system - can get much sicker. Flu can cause high fever and pneumonia and make many existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children.

Some people should not get the influenza vaccine. Tell the vaccinator if you have any severe (life-threatening) allergies to eggs or if you have ever had a severe reaction to a dose of influenza vaccine. Tell the vaccinator if you ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS). People who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before receiving the flu vaccine. If you are ill, it is best not to receive the vaccine.

Life-threatening allergic reactions from vaccines are very rare.

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