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Health Department offering flu shots for canned foods

Sun Advocate reporter

The Southeastern Utah District Health Department is hoping to combine getting a vaccination while helping others out at the same time.

The week of Dec. 5 - 11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and the health department is offering a deal for those who need a flu shot by giving them out for free, no questions asked. All they ask in return is for each person to bring in two cans of food, which goes toward helping fill the local food banks in time for the holidays. A flu shot normally costs around $23 - $25 but for this week only two cans of food will be sufficient payment.

SEUDHD will be offering flu shots Monday through Thursday at their office in Price, 28 S. 100 E., from 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Helping people get their vaccinations and helping out the local food banks at the same time was an idea put together by Terrie Wright, public information officer with SEUDHD.

"We want to help get as many people vaccinated who need it and help fill the food bank at the same time," said Wright.

The flu season typically lasts during the winter season and goes through May or early June, Wright said. The vaccine is available to anyone, including children over the age of six months. School age and college age people are an important age group that Wright said sometimes puts off getting the shot for various reasons. For those who are afraid of getting a shot, there is a nasal spray available.

"We are hoping to stress the importance to everyone about getting the vaccination," said Wright. "With this idea, we thought we'd try it out and see how successful it can be."

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention requests that people get a flu shot as soon as the vaccinations become available. The counties within the southeastern Utah health district have been inundated with the flu vaccines, hence Wright's idea of providing flu shots without a monetary payment.

"We're hoping for the best," said Wright. "We think it's a good creative way to help out people and the communities."

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