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Free flu shot clinic to be held at Lathrop HS in Fairbanks

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 4:58 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Friday October 30, the Fairbanks Public Health Center nursing staff will be holding a flu shot clinic at Lathrop High School.

The nursing staff are part of the event jointly with the Community Emergency Response Team, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Volunteers in Policing, and in coordination with the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

“This clinic will be hosted at Lathrop High School in the Hering Auditorium Library and it will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come -- we encourage everyone in our community who has not had a flu shot yet to come and get one,” said Public Health Nurse Manager Shelly Foint-Anderson

Residents will have to call the Fairbanks Public Health Center at (907) 452-1776 to arrange an appointment. Residents will be asked COVID symptom questions both when they make their appointment and when they arrive at the clinic.

“In terms of who should get a flu shot, it is recommended for everyone ages six months of age and older, absolutely pregnant women, and of course people with chronic health conditions or are vulnerable in the community. It’s really important that folks be protected against influenza this year because if folks were to get COVID and influenza, they could be very very ill," said Foint-Anderson.

The clinic will also allow the community to have a trial run for how a COVID vaccine might be distributed.

“As soon as we know there is COVID vaccine available in the State of Alaska, and we’re going to be able to offer it to our communities, we will most likely do similar type clinics where folks will set up an appointment, [and] we will have some very strict safety in place in order to offer the vaccine,” said Foint-Anderson.

This Friday, October 30, A free flu clinic will be held at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks for...
This Friday, October 30, A free flu clinic will be held at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks for those in our community that still need to get a flu shot.(Fairbanks Public Health)

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