By AUTUMN HUGHES
The Bradley County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health will be giving free flu shots for adults and children this Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bradley Central High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Bradley County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health will be giving free flu shots for adults and children Saturday in the Bradley Central High School cafeteria, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
According to health department officials, approximately 200 shots are available and they will be given while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. This opportunity has been made available due to the recent flu outbreak in Bradley County and the high risk of infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is widespread in most of the United States. People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should be treated with antiviral drugs as soon as possible.
The CDC recommends you to get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, as there are still weeks of flu activity to come.
In the meantime, to reduce the spread of germs:
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
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