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Time To Start Thinking About Flu Shots

16 Sep , 2016  

The coming of winter is not too many weeks away, and the arrival of slightly cooler temperatures puts one in mind of the possibility of a seasonal flu. No one wants that experience. Never fear, as Richland Public Health has announced flu vaccine clinics for two Tuesdays in October. On October 18 and 25, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, clinics will be held at the offices of RPH, 555 Lexington Avenue (in the Corley Room, lower level, rear parking lot).

No appointments are needed.

Following these two clinics, Richland Public Health will be giving flu vaccines by appointment at 419.774.4540. Its Neighborhood Immunization Clinics will also be giving flu vaccines for children, ages 6 months through 18 years, beginning in mid-October. For dates, times, and locations, call 419.774.8115.

“Every year in the United States there are more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths from complications of influenza,” Amy Schmidt, Director of Nursing at Richland Public Health, said. “Nobody likes to be sick. Getting the flu will cause you to miss work or school along with your favorite activities. You might also pass the flu on to your family, friends or co-workers. Protect yourself and others. Get immunized against the flu.”

Richland Public Health pricing for flu vaccine is $27 if paying by cash or check. Some children will qualify for lower cost flu vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program. Prices may vary for adults age 65 and over who will receive a high dose flu vaccine. The Health Department accepts Medicare/Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medical Mutual, and United Health Care. Please bring your insurance card and driver’s license.

The Richland Public Health flu immunization program is partially funded by local tax levy dollars.

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