The McClain County Health Department announced its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season.
Clinics will begin October 3 in Purcell and October 4 in Blanchard. Clinic days and times are as follows:
Purcell Health Department: Wednesdays beginning October 3 by appointment only.
Blanchard Health Department: Thursdays beginning October 4 by appointment only.
Flu vaccine will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. The shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine, including pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease, or other chronic conditions.
Parents and family members of babies less than six months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.
“Flu can be a dangerous disease for people of all ages, even healthy children and adults,” said Kinney, administrative director for the McClain County Health Department. “We encourage everyone in McClain County to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot.”
Public health officials stress that immunity from a flu vaccination received last year will not provide protection this year. Influenza vaccine formulation for this year includes two strains different from last year’s flu vaccine, as well as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain.
The McClain County Health Department will be providing flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:· No charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
· No charge for adults 65 years of age and older.
· No charge for children who have no health insurance, or are on SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaskan natives, or children whose insurance does not cover vaccines.
· No charge for persons enrolled in HealthChoice and the Oklahoma Public Employees Health and Welfare insurance plans who present their insurance cards.
· Children and adults with health insurance that covers vaccines and those with incomes above 185 percent of the poverty level will be charged a fee of $25 for flu vaccine to cover the cost of the vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
· Cash, check and credit cards are accepted for payment.
High-dose flu vaccine, a vaccine with four times the antigen than regular flu vaccine, will be available for persons 65 and older.
In addition to getting a flu vaccination, persons 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions should ask their doctor if they should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, if they have not already received a dose.
For additional health department information call 405-527-6541.