Volunteers at the Second Baptist Church walked around Tuesday morning with umbrellas, helping many Phillips County residents get their flu shots. 

 

Volunteers at the Second Baptist Church walked around Tuesday morning with umbrellas, helping many Phillips County residents get their flu shots. 
The church hosted the Phillips County Health Unit’s annual mass flu clinic. Health Unit nurses provided free vaccinations for those who did not have insurance or whose insurance would not cover the cost, for anyone over the age of 6 months.
The 2010-2011-flu vaccine is designed to protect against H1N1 and two other viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the coming flu season. More than 1,000 Phillips County residents participated in the mass flu clinic last year. Just before quitting time at 6 p.m. about 700 Phillips County residents had taken avantage of the mass flu clinic.

Did you know?

•Flu is responsible for approximately 22 million missed school days each year.
 
•Five to twenty percent of Americans get the flu every year, causing around 200,000 hospitalizations.
 
•The flu virus can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces like doorknobs and desks.
•Adults can spread the flu virus up to a day before developing symptoms and 3 to 7 days after symptoms start. Children can pass on the virus even longer.

•Antibiotics are only designed to kill bacteria, so they can’t cure the flu virus. The best medicine is plenty of rest and a lot of liquids. And if your illness gets worse, be sure to see your doctor.
 
•A recent study found a strain of the flu virus was present on 60% of common household items in homes with just one sick kid.

– Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.

The Difference between
a cold and the flu:

Flu symptoms consist of sudden onset of illness, high fever, extreme fatigue, dry cough, achy head, achy muscles, chills; whereas a cold consist of a slow onset of illness, low or no fever, mild fatigue, no headache, no achy muscles, and no chills.
Because cold and flu symptoms are similar, consult your doctor to be sure.

– Source: *KidsHealth.org, The Nemours Foundation