The Huron County General Health District has scheduled the "drive-thru" seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics in Wakeman, Willard, Norwalk and Bellevue. Only adults will be vaccinated at the "drive-thru" clinics.
The Wakeman "drive-thru" clinic will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at Wakeman St. Mary Catholic Church, 46 E. Main St., Wakeman.
The Willard "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Willard Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 1609 S. Conwell Ave., Willard.
The Norwalk "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Huron County Fairgrounds, 940 Fair Road.
The Bellevue "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Bellevue VFW, 6104 US 20 W., Bellevue.
The cost of the flu shot will be $25 for adults and $10 for children at all locations. Traditional Medicare is accepted. Traditional Medicaid, CareSource, WellCare, and Buckeye Health Plan are also accepted.
Call (419) 668-1652 ext: 257 to verify coverage if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. Children will not be turned away for an inability to pay for the flu vaccine.
For children age 6 months through 17 years, or for adults unable to make the "drive-thru" clinics, you can make an appointment to get the vaccine at the Health Department's Norwalk, Willard, Greenwich, New London or Bellevue locations by calling (419) 668-1652 or (888) 694-2443, ext: 252.
The cost of the pneumonia vaccine will be $80. Certain Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance plans require payment at the time of the vaccination. In these instances, the health department will provide the patient with a receipt to be reimbursed by the insurance provider
The 2012 seasonal flu shot protects against three types of flu expected to be the most common during the 2012-2013 flu season: influenza B virus, influenza A (H1N1) virus and influenza A (H3N2) virus. A separate H1N1 vaccine is not necessary this year.
The flu vaccine protects you from influenza, not other illnesses. Influenza is a respiratory disease, Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and body aches. Stomach symptoms can accompany flu symptoms, particularly in children, but the primary symptoms of influenza are not vomiting and diarrhea.
The seasonal flu shot is recommended for anyone older than 6 months (unless otherwise directed by your doctor), but is strongly recommended for the following groups at greatest risk of flu complications:
Pregnant women (in any trimester).
Children age 6 months through 18 years.
People 50 and older.
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions including asthma, chronic lung problems, heart, kidney or liver disease; neurological conditions, endocrine disorders like diabetes, blood disorders, metabolic disorders or compromised immune systems.
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
Health care workers.
Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu.
Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).
Most people who get the flu have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Those most likely to get flu complications that result in hospitalization or occasionally result in death are children younger than 5, seniors, and those with underlying medical conditions. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. The flu can also make chronic health problems worse. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/.
For more information locally, contact Chris Cherry at (419) 668-1652, ext 230.