Beebe Healthcare is offering free flu clinics for the community through the end of November.
Influenza viruses change often, so an annual vaccination is recommended. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 or older) at the clinics. Parents should contact their children’s physician or the Division of Public Health for information about pediatric vaccinations.
Beebe will host free flu clinics in the Emergency Department Lobby of the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus every Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Nov. 26. Beebe also provides free health screenings, including flu shots, at health events across Sussex County.
Additional flu vaccination clinics are set for:
• Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rabbit’s Ferry Center, 19112 Robinsonville Road, Lewes
• Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Epworth Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach
• Oct. 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sussex County YMCA, 20080 Church Street, Rehoboth Beach
• Oct. 10, 2 to 5 p.m., Beebe Lab Express - Georgetown, 21635 Biden Ave, Georgetown
• Oct. 11, 2 to 5 p.m., Beebe Lab Express - Millsboro, 28538 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro
• Oct. 18, noon to 3 p.m., Beebe Lab Express - Milton, 614 Mulberry Street, Milton
• Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Rehoboth Beach Fire Department, East Bay, 219 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth
• Oct. 23, noon to 3 p.m., Advanced Care Clinic Long Neck, 32060 Long Neck Road, Millsboro
• Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes
• Oct. 27, noon to 3 p.m., Beebe Lab Express to Rehoboth Beach Health Campus, 18941 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth
• Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes
• Nov. 6, 4-7 p.m., Ocean View VFW, Mason Dixon Post 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View.
For more information on the clinics, call Beebe Population Health at (302) 645-3337. For a flyer listing flu clinics and street addresses, visit www.beebehealthcare.org/calendar and click 2018 FREE Flu Clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that the following populations consider getting the influenza vaccination:
• People 50 to 64 years old. Nearly a third of people between the ages of 50 and 64 years of age in the U.S. have one or more medical conditions that place them at an increased risk for serious flu complications.
• People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group should get vaccinated. That includes all health care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children up to 23 months, and close contacts of people 65 or older.
According to CDC, people at high risk for complications from influenza include:
• People 65 or older.
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house those with long-term illnesses.
• Adults and children 6 months or older with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma.
• Adults and children 6 months or older who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (such as diabetes), chronic kidney disease or a weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicines or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV/AIDS]).
• Children 6 months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy. (Children given aspirin while they have influenza are at risk of Reye’s syndrome.)
• Women who are pregnant during influenza season.
• All children 6 to 23 months of age.
• People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders).
According to the CDC, those who become ill with the influenza virus should make sure to rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco, and take medication to relieve symptoms. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without consulting a physician. In some cases, physicians may choose to prescribe certain antiviral drugs to treat influenza. Antibiotics do not cure influenza, which is caused by a virus.