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January 12. 2013 9:05PM

Nashua to add flu-shot clinics to address spread of illness

NASHUA - The Nashua health department is offering additional flu-shot clinics this week in response to the growing number of influenza-like illnesses being reported here and statewide.

The city's Division of Public Health and Community Services on Saturday issued a press release urging flu shots for anyone 6 months old or older.

"Influenza can be very serious and lead to complications in certain people," said Kerran Vigroux, division director. "There are things we can all do to try to keep ourselves healthy and flu-free. One of the most effective is getting vaccinated against the flu."

Those at higher risk for complications include older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with certain long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, Vigroux said.

The Community Health Department offers flu vaccinations during weekly clinics at 18 Mulberry St. on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The department has scheduled additional clinics this Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Vaccinations are free for children 18 and younger and $15 for adults. Medicare recipients are reminded to bring their Medicare cards.

Health Department officials said no one will be turned away if unable to pay.

Typical flu symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches, according to health officials.

They urged parents to seek medical care immediately if their children experience any of these symptoms: fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish skin color; not drinking enough fluids; not waking up or interacting; severe irritability, including not wanting to be held; fever with a rash; or symptoms that improve and then return with fever and a worse cough.

For adults, seek medical care if you develop difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; or severe or persistent vomiting.

For more information on influenza and vaccination clinics, call the Division of Public Health and Community Services at 589-4560; or go to www.NashuaNH.gov, www.cdc.gov or www.dhhs.nh.gov.



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