Release Date: September 17, 2013
The Haywood County Health Department will offer a one-day walk-in flu clinic for adults, ages 19 and up, on Friday, Oct. 11. On Saturday, Oct. 12, a drive-through flu clinic will be held, also for adults only, ages 19 and up. Both clinics will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Both clinics will be held at Health Department offices at 157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 800 in Clyde (the old Wal-Mart Building). After Oct. 12th, all other flu vaccines will be given by appointment only. If you have any questions about the flu clinics, please call Health Department’s Flu Line at 828-356-1111 or the Health Department at 828-452-6675.
There is plenty of flu vaccine this year and the Health Department, the North Carolina 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.
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 flu vaccine will be $28.00 and $36.00 for flu mist. No pneumonia vaccines will be given at either the walk-in clinic or the drive-through clinic. The Health Department will accept full payment in cash or check, including credit and debit cards. The following insurances will be accepted: United Medicare, Medicaid, Unicare, Humana, 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.
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” said Kathy Keogh, 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.”
Cheryl Lindsey, Haywood County Health Department’s Immunization 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. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Never leave home for school or work with a fever, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
“These are tips we should follow all the time, but are most important during flu season” Lindsey stated.
On October 11 & 12, 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 the walk-in clinic and the drive-through clinic will be available at the Health Department by appointment only. The cost, if not covered by insurance, will be $49.00 for the vaccine and $48.00 for the flu mist. 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.
Contact Name: Anita Wilkins
Haywood County Health Department
157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 800
Clyde, NC 28721