Montgomery County Health Department announces flu vaccine availability
The Montgomery County Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccine to Montgomery County residents beginning Thursday, October 10.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 36,000 deaths result each year from influenza. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community against the flu. Additional flu clinics will be scheduled throughout Montgomery County as more vaccine becomes available.
Flu clinic schedule includes:
• Thursday October 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Senior Center
• Tuesday, October 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Wellsville at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church
• Thursday, October 17, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Health Department
• Friday, November 1st, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Peoples Savings Bank in Rhineland.
Although we cannot bill private insurances, we do bill Medicaid and Medicare You must have Part B coverage before Medicare will pay for the influenza vaccination. Participants who have Medicare or Medicaid should bring their Medicare/Medicaid cards with them to the clinics. There will be a charge of $20.00 for those not covered by Medicare Part B or Medicaid.
The CDC is recommending all persons age 6 months and older should be vaccinated against influenza. When vaccine supply is limited, vaccination efforts should focus on delivering vaccination to persons who are at higher risk for influenza-related complications.
Throughout the flu season protect yourself, your family and the community by following a few simple strategies.
You can protect yourself and your family by:
• washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with warm water and soap; if water is not available, us an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• avoiding contact with sick people
Help protect your community by staying home if you’re sick – at least 24 hours after fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medication; covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, then put the tissue in the trash.
For more information on flu, please call the Montgomery County Health Department at 573-564-2495.