The Jackson County Health Department announced today that they will hold their seasonal influenza vaccination clinic beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Jackson County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.
Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.
“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so get everyone in your family vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Karen Weaver, administrative director for the Jackson County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”
Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children, and people with chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, persons 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year.
The Jackson County Health Department will be providing flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:
* There will be no charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. However, those with health insurance should bring their card. The insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
* There will be no charge for adults 65 years of age and older. These adults should bring their Medicare Card or other health insurance card.
* There is no charge for children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or who are Native American or Alaskan natives.
* All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
Jackson County Health Department will open their flu clinic on Wednesday, October 14th. The clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Jackson County Health Department will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine.
For more information about the flu vaccine call Jackson County Health Department at (580) 482-7308.
Reach Karen Weaver at KarenXW@health.ok.gov