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County plans flu shot clinic

The Coconino County Health Department will offer a flu shot clinic on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. at the North Country Community Health Center clinic here.

The cost for an adult flu shot is $20. Pneumonia vaccinations will be available for $30.

Vaccinations are free for children 18 and under.

No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.

Vaccinations are also free to those with AHCCCS AP/IPA, Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (excluding Federal Employee Program, Medicare, other federal and state health care program members and out-of-state Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield members.)

You must present your insurance or Medicare ID card for your flu shot to be covered.

Though flu season is officially here, county health department officials say there is still time to get a shot to avoid the flu.

"Flu activity is still relatively low. The season typically peaks in late January and early February and could continue into May," said CCHD Director Barbara Worgess. "In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chance of getting the flu should get a flu shot."

In addition to getting a flu shot, good health habits will help you stay well.

These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you and others from getting sick:

• Wash your hands frequently during the flu season.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Avoid contact with people who are sick.

• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

• If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.

• Stay home when you are sick.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Coconino County Health Department at 928-522-7814 or toll-free 1-877-522-7800.

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