The Moore American

October 9, 2013

Health department schedules vaccine clinics

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — The Cleveland County Health Department announced last week its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. Clinics will continue until Nov. 1. Clinic days and times are as follows:

Moore: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday with an 8 a.m. 5 p.m. clinic Nov. 1.

The flu vaccine will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. The shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Persons at high risk of serious complications from the 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 6 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 Beverly Bymun, nursing manager for the Cleveland County Health Department. “We encourage everyone in Cleveland County to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot.”

The Cleveland County Health Department will provide 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.

· 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 $25.00 for flu vaccine to cover the cost of the vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.

· The Cleveland County Health Department will accept cash, checks or credit cards 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.

“Immune systems are less responsive as people age. The high-dose vaccine should provide more protection, although it may come with a slightly higher chance for typical side effects like sore arm, headache and low fever,” said Bymun.   

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. 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.

For more information about the upcoming flu clinics at the Cleveland County Health Department, call the Moore office at 794-1591.