Overland Park, KSWHO:  Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System — Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private-sector employer. 

WHAT:  Annual Free Flu Clinic, while supplies last. 

WHEN:  8 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 

WHERE: The Doctor’s Building, Overland Park Regional Medical Center Campus, 10500 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kan., 66215 

WHY:  Each year from November to April, millions of people come down with the flu. Medical experts like John Romito, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, say that while the flu —which usually enters the body through the mouth or nose — can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu shot. 

“We are pleased to provide this free flu clinic to keep our community healthy,” says Dr. Romito.  “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect against the flu. It is critical to protect yourself and your loved ones." 

The flu virus can become airborne if an infected individual coughs or sneezes, which tends to spread the flu rapidly to people in close proximity.  Flu symptoms can be mistaken for a cold, but Dr. Romito notes that the onset is typically more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.

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