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October 25, 2011

DHEC wants Low Country children to say “boo” to the flu

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Flu vaccinations will be offered to Low Country “trick-or-treaters” on Saturday, Oct. 29, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"We hope to see lots of costumed goblins at our clinics," stated Marsha Glatt, immunization program manager for DHEC’s  Region 7 public health office, which covers Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. "And when they get vaccinated, they’ll be rewarded with a Halloween ‘treat’ along with the added protection against a serious illness.

“Children – even healthy children – should have a flu shot every year,” she said. “Plus, children ages 5 to 18 are a primary source of the spread of flu in the community. So we want to provide a fun environment to encourage more families to have their children vaccinated."

The special “Say Boo to the Flu” vaccinations will be offered from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at three locations:

  • Moncks Corner Public Health Clinic, 109West Main St.
  • Summerville Public Health Clinic, 500 North Main St.
  • Mt. Pleasant Public Health Clinic, 1189 Iron Bridge Rd.

Glatt said shots cost $25 and the nasal mist will be offered for $30. Most insurance plans are accepted, and payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Appointments are required and can be made by either calling (843) 953-0090 or visiting https://www.scdhec.gov/health/region7/appointment/

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For more information:
Linda Pranger – (843) 953-0046
Email – prangell@dhec.sc.gov

Note to editors: DHEC has also developed promotional flyers that are being used in the community to promote “Say Boo to the Flu.” You can view them at:  http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/library/CR-010251.pdf