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Macon County Public Health has scheduled its first two flu shot clinics for this season.

The first clinic will take place on Friday, Aug. 31, at Southwestern Community College’s campus on Siler Road near the library. Shots will be given from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Signs will direct the public to the appropriate SCC entrance door.

The second clinic will be held at the Macon County Fair. The health department will be giving flu shots at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield exhibit bus on Friday, Sept. 14, from 3-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Weight loss expert offers slimming tips to last a lifetime

Losing weight has become a matter of life or death and counting calories, Weight Watcher points and fat grams hasn’t lessened the numbers of people affected. In 2010, more than 25 percent of Americans had pre-diabetes and another 1.9 million got a diabetes diagnosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The single most effective way for people to avoid the disease? Losing weight.

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Health director offers tips to avoid mosquito bites.

Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner recently confirmed that two children from the local area have been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis (LAC) in Macon County. One of the children is from the Highlands area of the county and the other child is from the Franklin area. Both of the children were hospitalized, but have now been released and are recovering at home.

“These cases are an unfortunate reminder that we all need to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” said Bruckner. In addition to La Crosse, mosquitoes are carriers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and other diseases.

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Macon County Public Health has scheduled a series of seasonal influenza vaccination clinics at locations in Franklin and Highlands. This year, seasonal influenza vaccine provides protection against three strains of influenza, including H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Children under 9 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.

Appointments are not needed for these clinics and vaccine will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals unable to wait in line may have someone wait in line for them and a nurse will take vaccine to their vehicle.

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