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Health department flu-shot program now under way

Cool weather brings the reminder to get an annual flu shot. Ray County Health Department received its order of flu vaccine late last week and will conduct clinics throughout Ray County. “Now is the best time to get your influenza vaccination,” Stacy Cox, R.N. and the administrator of the Ray County Health Department said. “Getting a shot now gives the body time to produce the antibodies to mount a strong defense.”

Seasonal flu vaccinations are recommended for people at risk for a serious case of influenza or those who may have complications from the flu. But even healthy adults and children older than six months can benefit from the shots.

“At-risk groups include individuals over the age of 65, people who have serious, long-term health problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease and patients with suppressed or weakened immune systems,” Cox said. “But anyone who wants to reduce their chance of catching influenza should consider the vaccination.”

Influenza vaccinations should be re-administered annually. Each year the vaccine is designed to protect against flu viruses likely to circulate in the United States during the upcoming winter. The flu shot will aid in preventing 60 to 70 percent of flu strains and 90 percent of deaths related to influenza.

They will be available for $20 or a Medicare Part B or Medicaid card will be accepted. Services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

The following clinics are scheduled during the next few weeks; however, the schedule may change due to vaccine availability:

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT Flu Shot Schedule

Sept. 27 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 – Hardin City Hall, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 – Knoxville Community Church, 10 to 11 a.m.

Oct. 3 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 – Henrietta City Hall, 10 to 11 a.m.

Oct. 5 – Rayville Christian Union Church, 1 to 2 p.m.

Oct. 6 – Camden Methodist Church, 9 to 10 a.m.

Oct. 6 – Stet Bethany Church of the Brethren, 11 a.m. to noon

Oct. 6 – Millville United Methodist Church, 2 to 3 p.m.

Oct. 7 – Orrick Lions Club, 2 to 3 p.m.

Oct. 11 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Wood Heights City Hall, 9 to 11 a.m.

Oct. 17 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 – Lawson Assembly of God Church, 1 to 4 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 – Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost is $20 per shot. Regular Medicare Part B (Primary) or Medicaid is accepted. Please have cards available. The heath department does not bill private insurance. 

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