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TOWNSHEND — Grace Cottage Family Health will be offering a flu vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 802-365-4331.

You do not need to be an established patient at Grace Cottage in order to participate. Masks are required, and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Those who come for a flu shot on Saturday are also invited to donate to a food drive for the Townshend Food Shelf. If you can, bring a canned good or other non-perishable item, and a representative of the food shelf will collect items.

If you are not insured, payment for your flu shot is expected at the time of service. Most insurance covers this preventive health measure; bring your ID and insurance card with you.

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is considered the best way to avoid getting the flu and spreading it to others. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. People over age 65 or those with any chronic disease, such as diabetes or asthma, have a higher risk of contracting the flu and are especially urged to get the shot.

Two different flu shots are being offered this year, one for those age six months to 64, and another for those who are 65 and older.

Flu shots are also available to Grace Cottage patients weekdays by appointment; call 802-365-4331.

Grace Cottage Family Health is at 185 Grafton Road (Route 35).

For more information about flu shots or the flu in general, visit the CDC website (cdc.gov), the Vermont Department of Health website (healthvermont.gov), or call the Vermont helpline at 2-1-1.


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