Get a Flu Shot at the Library Thursday

A Flu Shot Clinic will be Thurs. Sept. 29th from 9am to noon at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Shots are $30 each and some insurance plans are accepted (see printable pdf flier). Please call 785-368-2025 for insurance details. Cash and checks are also accepted.The clinic is operated by the Shawnee County Health Agency.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.

Read more about the flu vaccine from the CDC’s “Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The CDC also offers health information on “Seasonal Flu: What to do if you get sick” including diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and how to take care of yourself or someone else who is sick.

Visit flu.gov to find out your Flu IQ with a 10 question quiz and get valuable health information, plus watch a 30 second PSA featuring Sesame Street’s Elmo and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius giving tips on staying healthy during flu season.

The library’s Health Neighborhood is full of books on keeping your health in check this time of year and all year long. Come in to the library and take home one of more than 5,000 books on health and wellness.

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.