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Are you ready for flu season?


CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Flu season is at hand, and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department those who can safely receive influenza vaccine to do so.

Vaccine for the 2012-2013 flu season has arrived and the Health Department will begin making appointments at its Third Street, Ooltewah, Sequoyah, and Birchwood clinics October 10.

Residents can schedule flu vaccination appointments by calling one of the following locations between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Third Street Facility – 209-8050
  • Ooltewah Health Center – 238-4269
  • Sequoyah Health Center – 842-3031
  • Birchwood Health Center – 961-0446

Those who should be vaccinated include:

- Anyone 6 months of age and older who wants to reduce their risk of becoming ill with seasonal influenza.

- People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:

  • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday, especially those younger than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women or women who will become pregnant during the influenza season
  • People 50 years of age and older (more)
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
  • People who are morbidly obese (BMI > 40)

- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
  • Healthcare workers
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