Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 2, 2013

Mass flu shot clinic set Oct. 3, 8


Submitted

CROSSVILLE — Seasonal influenza vaccine is now available at the Cumberland County Health Department. Flu vaccine will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the mass flu clinics being held at the new health department, 1503 South Main Street in Crossville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to get a flu vaccine on these days. Also drive through services will be available at the front entrance of the health department. Flu shots (and/or FluMist nasal spray vaccine) will be provided during the vaccination clinic.

“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 Karen Roper, county director. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six 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.”

Seasonal flu is a preventable, contagious illness that can be serious and even deadly. Each year, we experience an epidemic of flu during the fall or winter; the size and severity of these epidemics are unpredictable. 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.

The Cumberland County Health Department urges vaccination as the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The seasonal flu 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.

The cost of the flu shot (and/or FluMist) is $30 for each vaccine; the cost will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on patient income. Payment can be made in the form of 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 Cumberland County Health Department at 931-484-6196.