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Message from Dr. Johnson about the Seasonal Flu:

Dr. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Memorial Hospital

About Influenza

Influenza is a serious respiratory illness. Each year in the U.S., on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

Flu Vaccine
Vaccination is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for:
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older
  • Especially for pregnant women and people 50 years of age and older, as they are at a higher risk of developing influenza-related complications
Recommendation for Young Children
This year, parents need to know the CDC recommends that children 6 months through 8 years of age receiving a flu shot for the first time receive two doses approximately one month apart for optimal protection.

With more than 300 million Americans recommended for annual vaccination, immunization rates in the U.S. continue to fall short of public health goals each year. In fact, a March 2012 National Immunization Survey showed that fewer than half of children ages 6 months to 17 years were immunized during the 2011-2012 flu season.

Where to Get a Flu Vaccine
Palmetto Memorial Hospital will be offering the flu vaccine at these locations during flu season:


Palmetto Memorial Hospital MON-FRI: 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Doctor´┐Żs Medical Clinic TUE, WED, THU: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Browning Pharmacy MON-SAT: 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM

Most insurance accepted.

For more information about how to prevent the spread of seasonal flu, click here.

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