Central District Health to hold flu clinic for kids

Central District Health to hold flu clinic for kids

Central District Health to hold flu clinic for kids

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM

BOISE -- Demand for the flu vaccine is picking up, so the Central District Health Department is holding a walk-in flu clinic for children.

It's open to children six months to 18 years old and there is a $20 administration fee for the vaccine.

The clinic is on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the office on Armstrong Place in Boise.

We are about half way through the flu season that is shaping up to be worse than average.

Nationwide, health officials say nine more children have died from the flu, bringing the total deaths this flu season to 29.

In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu.

Doctors say babies have protection for the first 6 months of life if their mothers get the vaccine while pregnant.

"The antibodies cross the placenta, and then if she breast feeds, she's giving more antibodies in the breast milk. This serious business. It's important for moms to get their flu shots," said Edward McCabe, M.D., Ph.D., March of Dimes.

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show flu cases remain widespread throughout the country. Only Hawaii, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., have been spared.

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