Richland Public Health  recommends everyone age 6 months and older get an influenza (“flu”) vaccine. This recommendation follows Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

The Health Department will hold a flu vaccine clinic for Richland County residents on October 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The clinic will be walk-in (no appointment needed) and will take place at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, in the Corley Room (lower level, rear parking lot).

Richland Public Health pricing for flu vaccine is $36 if paying by cash or check. Prices may vary for adults age 65 and over who will receive a high dose flu vaccine. Richland Public Health accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareSource, Humana, Medicare/Medicaid, Medical Mutual, Molina, Paramount, and United Healthcare. There are no copays when using these insurances for billing. Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID.

Richland Public Health flu vaccines will also be available by appointment and walk-in at the Public Health Clinic. Call 419-774-4700 to make an appointment. Richland Public Health Neighborhood Immunization Clinics also provides flu vaccines for children 6-months through 18-years. Call 419-774-8115 for dates, times, and locations.

For additional information about influenza visit our website www.richlandhealth.org, call our FLU Hotline at 419-774-4553, or talk with your pediatrician or family physician. For special home-bound services, call 419-774-4540.

Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include: fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and runny or stuffy nose.

Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

“Nobody likes to be sick. Getting the flu will cause you to miss work or school, along with your favorite activities,” Amy Schmidt, Director of Nursing at Richland Public Health, said. “You might also pass the flu on to your family, friends, or co-workers. Protect yourself and others. Get your flu shot.”

Source: Richland Public Health

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