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Haywood County Health Department

Seasonal Flu Fact Sheet Revised 8/27/09

 

Flu Clinic Information

 

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 17, the Health Department will offer mass immunizations for seasonal flu for persons19 and older.  The clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at the Health Department, located at 2177 Asheville Rd. in Waynesville.  There will be another flu clinic on Thursday, October 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Flu vaccine including Flu mist for children 18 years old and younger will be provided through the health department by appointment when the vaccinations are available.

 

The cost of the seasonal flu vaccination is $28.00. The cost for a pneumonia vaccine is $45.00

The Health Department will accept full payment in Cash, Check and from the following insurances: Medicare, Medicaid, Unicare, Humana, NC Health Choice, Today’s Option Pyramids, Medicare PPO insurances, Railroad Medicare, BCBC of NC insurances, BCBS NC state Health Plan – if the policy covers 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.

 

To reach the flu clinic coming from Lowes on Highway 23 North West 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 at the health department to provide direction, assistance and promote safety for everyone.

 

If any seasonal flu vaccine is left after the three days of flu clinics, the Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccines to adults by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 452- 6675.

 

Who Should Be Vaccinated?

 

Flu shots help protect people from influenza, a viral illness that can occur in epidemics, usually during the winter months. People who should be vaccinated this year include:

  • Children 6 months up to 18 years of age
    Parents and Caregivers of children <6 months old (children under 6 months cannot have flu vaccine)
    Pregnant women
    People 50 years of age or older
    Breastfeeding mothers
    Healthcare personnel
    Traveler
    Close contacts of highrisk/immunocompromised persons
    People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

 

Those who should not be vaccinated include:

 

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
    People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination before
    People who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
    Children less than 6 months of age (the vaccine is not approved for this age group)
    People who are sick with a fever should wait till recovered to get vaccinated

Symptoms and Other Info

 

Flu symptoms often begin with the sudden onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and dry cough.  Fatigue and lack of energy can last several days.  The danger comes when flu causes viral pneumonia.  The combination can be deadly, particularly for older adults.  Pneumonia shots are available at the health department year-round and can be given at the same time as flu shot. 

 

The flu vaccine is made from inactivated, noninfectious, purified viruses that have been grown in eggs. For that reason, people who are allergic to eggs should not get a flu shot.  Most people have mild or no side effects from the flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu vaccine will not cause people to get the flu, because the virus is ‘killed’ or deactivated during the process of creating the vaccine.

 

Because different strains of the influenza virus tend to spread each flu season, a new vaccine is prepared each year.  For this reason, it is necessary to receive a yearly shot to stay protected against the flu each year.  Usually one dose of pneumonia vaccine is all that is needed for those 65 years of age and older; however, in some cases a person may need a booster shot if they received the vaccine before the age of 65 due to chronic health conditions.  It is best to ask a health professional.

 

This year’s influenza vaccine contains three new virus strains.  They are:

            A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like virus;

            A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus;

            B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigen.

 

The Health Department encourages anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting seasonal flu to be vaccinated.  It is recommended by the American Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

For more information, call the Haywood County Health Department Flu Hot Line 356-1111 or 452-6675.