Beebe Healthcare is offering free flu clinics for the community through the end of November.
Influenza viruses change often, so an annual vaccination is recommended. Vaccinations at the clinics will be provided only to adults ages 18 and over. Parents should contact their children's physician or the Division of Public Health for information about pediatric vaccinations.
This year, Beebe will host free flu clinics at a new site, Beebe Healthcare’s Lighthouse Plaza location, near Giant, in the conference room adjacent to Beebe Physical Rehabilitation Services. Clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday, Sept. 16 to Nov. 18.
Additional Cape Region locations and dates include:
Sunday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bethel AME Church, 329 Mulberry St., Milton
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 to 6 p.m. Crossroads Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12 to 4 p.m. Lewes Senior Center, 32083 Janice Road, Lewes
Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m, to 2 p.m. Rabbit’s Ferry Center, 19112 Robinsonville Road, Lewes
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sussex County YMCA, 20080 Church St., Rehoboth Beach
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1:30 to 6 p.m. CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3 to 6 p.m. Beebe Lab Express - Georgetown, 21635 Biden Ave., Georgetown
Sunday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Epworth UM Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach
Friday, Oct. 18, 8 to 10 a.m. Rehoboth Beach Fire Department, East Bay, 219 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach
Sunday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Hwy., Lewes
Thursday, Oct. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. Beebe Lab Express - Milton, 614 Mulberry St., Milton
Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Jude Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes
Saturday, Oct. 26, 12 to 3 p.m. Beebe Lab Express - Rehoboth Health Campus, 18941 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach
Monday, Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m. Ocean View VFW, Mason Dixon Post 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View.
For more information on the clinics, call Beebe Population Health at 302-645-3337. For a flyer listing flu clinics and street addresses, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/calendar and click 2019 Free Flu Clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the following populations consider getting the influenza vaccination:
• Everyone 6 months of age and older should consider a flu shot every season.
• People 50 to 64 years of age; nearly one-third of people ages 50 to 64 in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at an increased risk for serious flu complications.
• People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications; any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group should get vaccinated. This includes all healthcare workers, household contacts, and out-of-home caregivers of young children up to 23 months old, and close contacts of people 65 and older.
According to the CDC, those who become ill with the influenza virus should make sure to rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco, and take medication to relieve symptoms. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without consulting a physician. In some cases, physicians may choose to prescribe certain antiviral drugs to treat influenza. Antibiotics do not cure influenza, which is caused by a virus.