Free flu shots at Genesee County event - WNEM TV 5

Free flu shots at Genesee County event

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local organization called FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens and United Way of Genesee County, will be providing a community health clinic event at no-cost to make flu shots more accessible this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older to help protect against the seasonal flu epidemic. December through March is peak season for flu activity and individuals are urged to take preventative measures to keep themselves and those around them healthy.

From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Baker College of Flint in the Fitness Center at 1050 W. Bristol Rd., Flint, MI 48507, United Way of Genesee County will be distributing vouchers that are good for a no-cost flu shot that day. Walgreens will be on site during this time frame to administer flu shots. The vouchers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last and are provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program that helps to make flu shots available to those without health insurance coverage or are unable to afford a flu shot.

In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:

1. Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible with soap and water. If

soap is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2. Stay Home: Avoid leaving your home for school, work, and errands when you are sick. Experts

recommend you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

3. Avoid Close Contact: Do your best to avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should

also avoid close contact with others when you are sick.

4. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth: Viruses often spread when a person touches his or

her eyes, nose, or mouth after exposure to the virus. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing

or coughing.

5. Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with

germs.

“At FamilyWize, we care about Americans affording what they need to stay healthy. Whether it’s prescription medications or preventative vaccines, our mission is to support the communities we serve and make a happy, healthy life accessible,” said Joseph Sanginiti, President and COO of FamilyWize.

For individuals affected by the flu and prescribed to antiviral drugs, visit www.familywize.org or download the app to find out how you can save on average 43 percent on your prescription medications.

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