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City warns of flu epidemic, offers free shots

(Published January 10, 2000)

The cityís chief health officer says itís not too late for D.C. residents who havenít been downed by the flu epidemic to get vaccinated.

Free flu shots are available to D.C. residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at the cityís walk-in clinic at 1131 Spring Road NW, near 13th Street. Free flu shots are also available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

To get more information about flu shots, residents may call 576-7130 or 576-7127 and ask for extension 45.

Flu shots also are available at community health centers run by the Public Benefit Corp. To locate a nearby clinic, residents may call 675-7338 or 675-5000. The health department is encouraging persons on Medicare to visit their usual medical service providers for flu shots, because Medicare covers the cost of those shots.

Doctor Ivan C.A. Walks, the cityís health director, advises persons to get flu shots if they are older than 65, have a chronic illness, are employed in a position that might expose them to persons with flu or in which you would expose others to flu if you caught it, and anyone younger than 18 who is taking aspirin as part of long-term treatment.

Dr. Walks recommends the following preventative measures against catching flu:

Typical symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and muscle aches. Most people recover without complication within one to two weeks, health officials said.

If you contract a flu-like illness, Dr. Walks offers the following advice to avoid spreading the illness ó especially after the first three to five days after contracting flu:

The health department offers the following advice for home treatment of flu:

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