Gila County Public Health is sponsoring a drive-thru flu clinic at High Desert Middle School in Globe Friday morning Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. until noon. Need more incentive to drive over and protect yourself ahead of flu season? All participants have a chance to win a grand prize 50-inch LG smart TV (thanks to a generous donation by Haven Health), with gift cards and gift certificates from other gracious donors including J & R’s El Rey Cafe, Guayo’s on the Trail, and Guild Consulting. Three ways to win: earn one ticket just for showing up, or two tickets if you arrive with proof you’ve already had a flu shot, and three if you ‘drive-thru’ and get a shot.
Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting nose, throat and lungs - infection spreads through the air when a person who has the virus sneezes, coughs, or speaks.
Flu season runs October-to-May; Gila County Public Health Department staff advise getting the flu shot as early in the season as possible. The flu can come on suddenly; symptoms include fatigue, body aches and chills, cough, sore throat, and fever. The flu virus affects animals too. An average of 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population contract the virus. The flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and 200,000 hospitalizations every year. The 2017-2018 flu season was known as the deadliest in decades; 80,000 died from the flu, with more than 900,000 hospitalized. Sadly, 185 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC, of which 80-percent were children who did not receive the flu shot.
Questions, or want more information about Gila County Public Health programs and outreach? Connect on Facebook (search keywords ‘Gila County Health and Emergency Management’), email [email protected] or call staff in Payson at 928-474-1210 or in Globe at 928-402-8811.