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Health Department Says Plenty Of Flu Vaccine Available




The Fulton County Health Department is prepared for flu season, with a schedule of clinics where persons can be vaccinated against the illness.

“Everything we’ve heard so far suggests there will be plenty of vaccine,” said Michael P. Oricko, Fulton County Health Commissioner.

In 2004, there was a shortage of flu vaccine.

This year, “It shouldn’t be a problem.”

In a press release, Orkico said flu activity in the United States generally peaks between late December and early March.

There is no prediction about how bad influenza will strike.

“We always hope it will be a light season. The best thing people can do is get their shot,” he said.

To be ready, it is recommended that a person be vaccinated against the flu in October or November.

It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for it to provide protection against the flu.

The symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, upper respiratory congestion with cough, and aching joints.

Most of those who contract the flu are ill for a few days. For some, the illness is much more serious. Thousands of people in the United States die each year from the flu and its complications.

Traditionally, the flu vaccine is administered by injection. However, there is a an alternative known as FluMist, a nasal spray, for those between the ages of 2 and 49 who fear getting a shot.

Who?

Oricko recommends senior citizens, persons with a chronic disease, or anyone who wants to reduce the flu risk should be vaccinated. The health department will provide the vaccine to high-risk individuals and members of the general public.

High-risk individuals are persons 65 or older, or persons of any age who have chronic debilitating diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, lung disease, heart disease, and blood disorders.

Health care providers who work with high-risk individuals also should be vaccinated.

Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children six months through 19 years of age, receive flu vaccinations.

Caregivers of infants younger than six months should be vaccinated to protect the infants.

Cost

Cost of a flu shot or the flu mist is $20 for adults and $7 for children, but the health department will not turn anyone away because they cannot pay.

The federal health insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid, will cover the cost, but those who have private insurance that replaces Medicare B coverage should consider receiving a vaccination through their health care provider to assure coverage.

Fulton County physicians also offer flu vaccinations through their offices.

Children and their parents can receive flu vaccinations during the health department immunization clinics, Friday mornings from 8:30 am to noon, and on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Vaccinations are available by appointment.

Flu vaccinations will be administered on a walk-in basis at locations throughout the county.

In Archbold, flu shots and FluMist will be available at the Archbold Community Library from noon to 5:30 pm, Monday, Oct. 20.

Vaccinations will be available at the Fayette Opera House from 1 pm to 5:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Starting in November, the Health Department will offer flu vaccinations during nursing hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Oricko said, “All persons ‘at risk’ should consider this small investment in their health.”


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