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Seniors receive better protection with High Dose flu shots

PROVO, UTAH (September 15, 2014) - - Seniors, did you know there is a special flu vaccination just for individuals 65 years and older? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend that all seniors receive an annual flu shot, and specifically suggest receiving the High Dose flu vaccine. Studies show that seniors get better protection with this vaccine.

The Utah County Health Department currently has High Dose flu vaccine in stock in its Provo, American Fork and Payson clinics. It will also be available at our upcoming community clinics, including:

    - Pleasant Grove City -- Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (70 South 100 East)
    - American Fork Senior Center -- Thursday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (54 South Main)
    - Springville Senior Center -- Friday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (65 East 200 South)

Studies show that seniors don't create as many antibodies against disease as younger individuals, so High Dose flu vaccine contains four times the immune-stimulating antigens against the virus (antigens fool the body into thinking you have the disease, so your body kicks into disease fighting mode and creates the antibodies that will -- in this case -- help prevent you from getting sick in the first place).

For details on clinic hours, locations and services, please see www.UtahCountyHealth.org/immunizations , or call 801-851-7025. Please note, at this time the Utah County Health Department has limited supplies of other flu vaccine products, so please check our web site to see if we have the right product for you.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, responding to public health emergencies, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.instagram.com/UtahCountyHealthDept, www.twitter.com/uchd, or www.pinterest.com/uchd. The UCHD is a partner with Utah's Public Health Departments.