Health department adds flu clinic opportunities

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 7, 2011

Those who haven’t already received their flu shots will have several opportunities in the coming weeks, officials announced this week.

Flu vaccine clinics will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Wed., Oct. 12 and Fri., Oct. 28, at the Covington County Health Department.

Additionally, there will be a drive-thru flu clinic on Wed., Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Those in Opp can visit the CCHD Opp Clinic on Tues., Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

All residents 6 months and older are encouraged to get vaccinated.

The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, and the Centers for Disease Control says the best way to combat or prevent the flu is to receive a yearly vaccination.

CCHD nurse supervisor Cindy McAlpin said the CDC calls the vaccine the first and most important step in protection against the disease.

More people die from complications of the flu than any other vaccine-preventable disease, state health officials said. Most deaths occur in those more than 65 years of age.

There is a $5 charge per vaccination; however, for those who have Medicaid, Medicare, SEIB or PEEHIP insurance, the fee will be billed if cards are presented.