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With the temperatures starting to drop for the fall season, local health officials are raising awareness about the flu and preventing it.

It may seem a little early to begin thinking about the winter months and flu season, but now is the time to get those vaccinations. The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department recently kicked off their flu clinics. Public Health Administrator at the Health Department Dave Remmert says about 200-thousand people are hospitalized in the US every year from the flu.

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Remmert notes the elderly are more suspect to the flu because of their age. He says while they make get the flu much easier, he says it is recommended everyone get the shot. Getting the flu vaccination is a good safeguard to getting the flu and a good way to promote good health.

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Many times people think of the flu as a stomach virus. Remmert explains that is a myth, he says the flu is a respiratory illness. Because of that, he warns residents to be aware of pneumonia.

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Flu Clinics at the DeWitt/Piatt Bi County Health Department will be offered Mondays through September from 8:30 am to 3:33 pm. Remmert notes they could be offered beyond September depending on the need for them. Flu Shot are $32. For Questions or more information you can contact the Health Department in Monticello at 762-7911 and in Clinton at 935-3427.

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