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Get your flu vaccine Thursday

Flu season is here and it's not to early to protect yourself and your family.

The Haywood County Health Department will offer a one-day flu clinic for adults ages 18 and up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday, September 22 at the Haywood County Health Department, located at 2177 Asheville Road in Waynesville. There will also be a drive-through clinic that day. Children under age 18 may get the flu vaccine by calling the Health Department at 828-452-6675 and scheduling an appointment.

 

There is plenty of flu vaccine this year and the health department, N.C. Division of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are urging everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

More Flu Information
Call Flu Hotline 24/7 at 828-356-1111
N.C. Flu Update
CDC Flu Q & A

 

The flu vaccine will be available in injectable and nasal spray formulas. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against H1N1 strain of virus as well as other possible flu strains. For most people, only one flu vaccination is necessary. However, children under age 9, who have not been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.

 

The cost for the flu vaccine is $28. The cost for the flu mist is $35. Pneumonia vaccines will be available for $45. The health department will accept full payment in cash or check, including credit and debit cards. The following insurances will be accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, Unicare, Humana, NC Health Choice, Today’s Option Pyramids, Medicare PPO insurances, Railroad Medicare, Aetna, BCBC of NC insurances, BCBS NC state Health Plan – if the policies cover vaccines. The health department will not be able to bill any other insurances including Tricare. Clients are asked to please bring their insurance cards with them.

A drive-through service will be available for persons who cannot walk to the building. As a safety precaution, those who plan to use the drive-through are encouraged to leave pets at home or to have someone with them who can restrain the pet while they receive their vaccination in their car.

Influenza is more dangerous for the very young and senior citizens. However, in 2009 the H1N1 flu disproportionately affected middle-aged adults and young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than 12,000 people died from H1N1 in 2009, including more than 10,000 who were under 65 years old.

Julia Plemmons, Director of Nursing at the health department said “Any type of influenza, no matter what strain, is a very serious disease at any age. So everyone over six months old needs to get their flu vaccine, because it is safe, effective, and the best way to prevent the flu.”

Haywood County Health Director Carmine Rocco is urging everybody to practice good health habits to protect against flu viruses, along with getting your flu vaccine. The protection measures are listed below:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash. The best way to cover up is to use a tissue, or cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm as opposed to your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Wash for at least 30 seconds or more. An alcohol-based sanitizer can work as a substitute if it is not possible to wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • If you are sick, stay home. After your fever is gone you should still stay home for at least 24 hours. Never leave home for school or work with a fever, except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

“These are tips we should follow all the time, but they are very important during flu season” Rocco stated.

To reach the flu clinic coming from Lowe’s on Highway 23 northwest toward town you should remain in the right lane in order to turn into the health department for the flu clinic. Health Department staff and volunteers will be in the parking lot to provide direction, assistance, and promote safety to everyone.

Any flu vaccine left after this one-day clinic will be available at the Haywood County Health Department by appointment only. To schedule an appointment after September 22 call 828-452-6675.

For more information on flu vaccinations and vaccine safety visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http;//www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm. You may also call the Haywood County Health Department Flu Hot Line 24 hours a day at 828-356-1111 or the health department at 828-452-6675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

 

Haywood County Health Department
Contact Name: Julia Plemmons and/or Anita Wilkins
2177 Asheville Road
Waynesville, NC, 28786
828.452.6675