Flu vaccine offered at health department

Friday, September 27, 2013

Seasonal flu vaccine is now available at the Bedford County Health Department. No appointment is needed.

"It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine, so it's a good idea to get the vaccine as soon as it's available," said Angie Faulkner, Public Health County Director.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in their community. However, we will continue to vaccinate residents as long as we have supplies of vaccine."

Preventable

Seasonal flu is a preventable, contagious illness that can be serious and even deadly. Even during mild flu seasons, local outbreaks can affect large numbers of people in a community. Nationally, thousands of people die from influenza each year, most of them over age 65; however, the flu can cause serious illness for pregnant women and other people of any age.

Vaccines available this year include protection against H1N1 flu in addition to other strains of seasonal flu expected to circulate this year. Flu vaccine will be plentiful and is already available from many providers, including private physicians and pharmacies.

Cost: $30

The cost of the flu shot (and/or FluMist) is $30 for each vaccine, charged on a sliding fee scale based on patient income. Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card, and Medicare and TennCare can be billed. Private insurance will not be billed; however, those with private insurance that covers flu vaccination will be given a receipt to file their own claims with their insurance providers.

To make an appointment for vaccination or ask questions about flu vaccine, call the Bedford County Health Department at 931-684-3426.