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With the beginning of the flu season just around the corner, the Cattaraugus County Health Department has announced a schedule of clinics to provide flu vaccine.

At a meeting of the county Board of Health this week, members were given copies of the schedule, which began Tuesday and continues through the end of October.

The county Department of Aging also is participating in the program, offering the vaccine to older people who attend department functions including the noon day meals centers, known as ECHO -- Everyone Can Help Others -- sites.

In most cases, Medicare covers the cost for the elderly, and others can pay $5.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state and county Health Departments recommend that people consider receiving the flu vaccine, including those at greatest risk. They include:

Anyone over age 65.

Residents of nursing homes or those with chronic medical conditions.

Adults and children with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders requiring medical follow-up.

A child with long-term health problems including kidney disease, diabetes and asthma.

Influenza is considered to be a serious infection and is spread from an infected person to the nose and throat of others. It can cause fevers, chills, headache, cough, sore throat and muscle aches. Although most of those infected are ill only for a few days, some have more serious illnesses such as pneumonia.

A list of clinics follows. Residents do not need to be an ECHO participant to receive the vaccine at an ECHO site.

Today, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, West Valley Methodist Church; Monday, 10-11 a.m., Underwood Manor, Hinsdale; 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Masonic Temple, Portville; Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Randolph Fire Hall; Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Little Valley Municipal Building; 1:30-2 p.m., Cattaraugus County Center, Little Valley; Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ECHO, Gowanda Free Methodist Church.

Also, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ECHO, St. Mary's Church, Salamanca; 1:30-2:30 p.m., Linwood Center, Salamanca; Oct. 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Cattaraugus Community Building; 1-3 p.m., Cattaraugus County Center, Little Valley; Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m., Linwood Center, Olean; 1-2 p.m., Seneca Court, Olean; Oct. 17, 9-9:30 a.m., Stride Tool, Ellicottville; 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, United Church of Christ, Ellicottville; 1-3 p.m., Administration Building, Hillview Homes, Salamanca.

Oct. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, St. Pius Church Hall, Delevan; 2-3 p.m., Hinsdale Central School; Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m., Cattaraugus County Center, Health Department, Olean; Oct. 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Presbyterian Church, Franklinville; Oct. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ECHO, Limestone Municipal Building; 2-4 p.m., Cattaraugus County Nursing Home, Machias.

Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m., Cattaraugus County Nursing Home, Olean; Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m., Gowanda Pharmacy; Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m., Olean High School; Oct. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Allegany High School; Valley View Manor, Olean; Randolph Manor.

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