On Election Day 2012, those who go to the polling place at First Church of Christ may find they can do more than vote — they also can get a flu vaccination. The Harvey County Health Department will be setting up a flu vaccination clinic at this local polling place as part of a nationwide program to help improve the health of all Americans. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 102 E. First St., Newton, and is open to anyone that day. The Harvey County Health Department is one of a growing number of health organizations across the country participating in Vote & Vax, a national project to encourage the hosting of flu clinics at polling sites on Election Day. This is a great opportunity for everyone, but particularly adults age 50 and older who are especially vulnerable to illness during flu season, to safely and conveniently receive a flu vaccination from a registered nurse, says Lynnette Redington, director of the Harvey County Health Department. This Election Day, more than 100 million Americans are expected to vote at their local community polling sites. The Vote & Vax project provides a solution to help the community protect its health during the upcoming flu season. Each year, as many as 60 million people in the United States come down with the flu. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and more than 36,000 people die as a result of the flu. The majority of those who die are adults age 50 and older. It is important that people take all precautions to ensure they stay healthy. This is why the health department is providing voters and other community members with easy access to flu shots at polling places to help protect their health and the health of their community. “Election Day represents a good opportunity for us to make contact with a larger portion of the community,” said Redington. “Great effort is expended on Election Day to get people to the polls. Because of this, we can vaccinate many people who may otherwise not be reached.” Beyond the First Christian Church polling place, the Harvey County Health Department is accepting daily walk-in clients for the flu vaccinations during all regular hours. Hours on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 316 Oak St., Newton. For more information about Harvey County Health Department’s Vote & Vax clinic, call 283-1637.