Health Department to hold drive-thru flu clinic Sept. 29 Print

The Haywood County Health Department will offer a one-day drive-through flu clinic for adults, ages 16 and up, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Health Department’s new location (the old Wal-Mart Building) 157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, in the parking lot. It will be only a drive-through clinic; no one will be coming into the building for flu vaccines. Children under the age of 16 may get the flu vaccine by calling Haywood County Health Department at 828-452-6675 and scheduling an appointment.

There is plenty of flu vaccine this year and Haywood County Health Department, the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The flu vaccines will be available in injectable and nasal spray formulas. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against the H1N1 strain of virus as well as other flu strains.

The cost for the drive-through flu clinic vaccine will be $28.00. The cost for flu mist will be $36.00. No pneumonia vaccines will be given at the Drive-Through Flu Clinic. The Health Department will accept payment in cash or check, including credit and debit cards. The following insurances will be accepted: United Medicare, Medicaid, Unicare, Humana, NC Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, BCBC of NC insurances, BCBS NC State Health Plan – if policies cover vaccines. The Haywood County Health Department will not be able to bill any other insurance, including Tricare. Clients are asked to please bring their insurance cards with them.

The Drive-Through Clinic will be the only service available to the public on Saturday, Sept. 29. As a safety precaution, the Health Department encourages those who plan to come to the drive-through clinic to leave their pets at home or have someone with them who can restrain the pets while they receive their vaccination in their car. Please wear clothing that is loose around the arms to allow staff easy access for vaccination.

“Influenza is more dangerous for the very young and senior citizens” states Julia Plemmons, Director of Nursing at Haywood County Health Department. “However, any type of influenza, no matter what strain, is a very serious disease at any age. So everyone over six months of age needs to get a flu vaccine, because it is safe, effective and the best way to prevent contracting the flu.”

Tina Goodwin, Haywood County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Nurse, is urging everyone 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 are most important during flu season” Goodwin stated.

On Sept. 29, the Health Department staff and volunteers will be in the parking lot to provide direction, assistance, and promote safety to everyone coming to get their flu vaccine.

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 call 828-452-6675.

For more information on flu vaccination 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 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 am and 5 pm Monday – Friday.

For more information, contact:
Haywood County Health Department                
157 Paragon Parkway   Suite 800
Clyde, NC 28721
Contact Name: Julia Plemmons/Carmine Rocco
Date Posted: Sept. 17, 2012