LACONIA — Fall is just around the corner, and with the colder weather each year comes flu season.
"The flu vaccine is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and our families from the flu," said LRGHealthcare Medical Director of Infection Control Dr. Abigail Dacuycuy.
"The CDC recommends that everyone, six months and older should get a flu vaccine, and we support this recommendation. For some people, the flu is truly a health risk; for others, it is just an inconvenience, but everyone benefits from limiting its spread in our community. Widespread vaccination, including vaccination of children, is the best way to protect everyone in our community."
Beginning Tuesday, October 1, flu vaccines will be offered at the following locations for anyone three years or older, or as noted:
· Your Primary Care Provider. LRGHealthcare urges you to see your primary care provider to receive your vaccine. If your child is under the age of three, please call your child's pediatrician to schedule a time for a pediatric flu vaccination.
· Franklin Regional Hospital's Infusion Transfusion Department (FIT).
By appointment only, call 934-2060 ext. 8222, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Lakes Region General Hospital.
Clinics will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1-4:30 p.m. On Thursday, October 3, 10, and 17, clinic will be open until 7 p.m. The clinic will not be administering vaccines November 26 – 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
· Laconia Clinic.
For Laconia Clinic and Caring for Women patients, flu shots will be offered for adult and pediatric patients October 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25, 30 and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5 p.m. Call the Laconia Clinic Flu Hotline at 527-2752 for more information.
For the most current information visit the LRGHealthcare website at www.lrgh.org or call the LRGHealthcare Flu Hotline at 527-7069.
Lakes Region Free School-Based Flu Clinics
The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH) will be conducting free school-based seasonal flu immunization clinics for students aged 5-19 years at the schools listed below. Information and consent forms will be sent home via your school nurses, or, for more information about the clinics, contact Susan Laverack, Associate Director at LRPPH 528-2145.
Franklin Regional School District
· Paul Smith School September 20, 9-11 a.m.
· Franklin Middle School September 20, 12-2: p.m.
· Franklin High School, September 23, 9–11 a.m.
Belmont School District
· Belmont Elementary School – September 24, 9-11 a.m.
· Belmont Middle School – September 25, 9-11 a.m.
· Belmont High School – September 25, 12:45-2 p.m.
Laconia School District:
· Woodland Heights - November 5, 9-11 a.m.
· Memorial Middle School - November 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
· Elm Street School – November 7, 9–11 a.m.
· Pleasant Street - November 8, 9-11 a.m.
· Laconia High School – November, 8, 12:45 - 2 p.m.