Flu vaccine now available at the county health department
Submitted by Mesa County Health Dept.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
Current flu activity in the United States is low making this an excellent time to receive your annual flu vaccination. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common each year.
The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the influenza A H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu as soon as seasonal vaccine is available.
The Health Department is offering the injectable vaccine for $20, and flu mist (intranasal) for $25 if paid at time of service. Otherwise, insurance companies that can be billed include Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Humana, Medicare part B, Railroad Medicare, Medicaid, and CNIC.
Residents are encouraged to bring a copy of their insurance card or plan to pay with cash, check or charge.
It takes approximately two weeks after the vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Mesa County Health Department recommends residents get vaccinated now so they will be protected when flu season begins. In the United States, influenza season usually begins in October and can last until May.
Vaccination of high-risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
Vaccination is also important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high-risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people. Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
For info call the Mesa County Health Department at 248-6900 or visit www.health.mesacounty.us.
Walgreens, City Market, and Target locations also offer the vaccines with no appointment necessary.