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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Flu Bugs Are Among Us

By Sid Riley

William Long Encourages Citizens To Take Vaccine

January, February, and March are the "peak months" for flu attacks in our area of the United States, according to William Long, Administrator of the Jackson County Public Health Department. "This year we have a good supply of an effective vaccine, and it certainly is not too late to get a flu shot", Long states. "The vaccine takes two to three weeks for full effectiveness, but it immediately begins to have positive immunization effects".
Long states there has been a surge in the incidence of cases of flu and flu like cases during the past few weeks, "The bug is certainly with us right now."
The Jackson County Public Health Department Clinic is open from 7:30 to 4:30 Monday thru Friday, and appointments can be made to get a flu shot by phoning 526-2412. Medicare will pay costs for eligible patients, otherwise the cost is $30.00.
New Facility Effort- William Long has been engaged in an effort to obtain funding for the construction of a new Public Health Department facility. At present the organization has 90 employees scattered into four separate buildings. For efficiency and for increased service, these employees and their services need to be consolidated into a single building.
Plans for a 40,000 square foot building costing an anticipated $14,000,000 have been created. State appropriations would be used to fund the project.

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