Health Department to begin flu vaccines October 24 Print

The Haywood County Health Department will begin providing flu vaccines during three days of clinics scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26 at Lake Junaluska.

Supplies of the flu vaccine appear to be plentiful this year, according to Health Director Carmine Rocco.


“Based on the information I’ve received from the Centers for Disease Control, the manufacturers and the distribution representatives, there do not appear to be the production problems this year that we’ve had in previous years,” Rocco said. “We have ordered a little over 7000 doses for this year and hope to have all that given out in the next two months, if not sooner.”

Following the three days of clinics at Lake Junaluska, flu vaccines will be available by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the health department. Patients who need immunization after October 26 should contact the health department at 452-6675.

The Lake Junaluska flu clinics are open to adults and children. Vaccines for flu and pneumonia will be available. The nasal flu spray will not be available.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $25 and the pneumonia vaccine is $28. Children who qualify may receive the flu vaccine for free. Citizens are advised to bring Medicaid or Medicare/Unicare cards with them to the clinics. Cash or personal checks will also be accepted. A receipt will be provided for insurance purposes.

Persons who plan to attend the Lake Junaluska flu clinics should follow the directional signs and enter the grounds at the entrance near Granny’s Chicken Palace, then park at the Nanci Weldon Gym, and take the trolley to the clinic site.

Flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that are spread by breathing in or touching respiratory droplets that have been coughed or sneezed into the air or onto surfaces, such as counter tops or hands, by someone who is ill. According to the health department, viruses may be passed one day before the person develops symptoms and five days after the individual becomes sick, making it possible for one person to infect another before they even know they are ill.

Seniors, children aged 6-59 months, pregnant women, anyone living in a nursing home or long term care facility, and those with certain health conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes, are considered to be more prone to developing serious complications from the flu such as bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of their medical problems.

For more information on flu vaccines, contact the Haywood County Flu Line 24 hours a day at 356-1111. If you have medical questions or other questions about the flu or the flu vaccine, dial “0” at the end of the message and someone will assist you.