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Dept. of health to host flu clinic Thursday in Rociada

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Submitted to the Optic
The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host an outreach clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the fire department in Rociada. The immunizations are available to the public and free of charge.
 Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in the following groups because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
 • Children 6 months through 4 years of age
• Pregnant women (any trimester)
• People age 50 and older
• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, and those who are immuno-compromised
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu
• American Indians and Alaskan Natives
• People who are morbidly obese
• Healthcare and early childhood personnel
 People in these groups should also consider seeing their health care provider to be evaluated for antiviral medication if they develop flu symptoms.
 The New Mexico Department of Health offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get immunized. Those with Medicaid or other health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them to the clinic.
 For more information on the no-charge flu shot clinic, call the San Miguel Public Health Office at 425-9368.