Flu clinics planned in Fulton County 10.8

Written by David Green.

Adult flu shots and FluMist clinics are scheduled on a walk-in basis as follows:

Oct. 9—9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fulton County Health Department, 606 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon;

Oct. 14—noon to 5:30 p.m., Swanton Public Library, 305 Chestnut St., Swanton;

Oct. 16—1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Evergreen Community Library, 253 Maple St., Metamora;

Oct. 20—noon to 5:30 p.m., Archbold Public Library, 205 Stryker St., Archbold;

Oct. 21—1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fayette Opera House, 105 E. Main St., Fayette;

Oct. 23—noon to 5:30 p.m., Lyons Fire Hall, W. Morenci Street, Lyons;

Oct. 28—10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Senior Center, 240 Clinton St., Wauseon;

Oct. 30—noon to 5:30 p.m., Delta Open Door, 104 Monroe St., Delta.

Flu vaccinations, including FluMist, are also available by appointment for those who prefer to get in and out quickly. Call 419/337-0915 to schedule an appointment.

Beginning in November, vaccinations will be given on a “walk-in” basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

It is recommended that senior citizens, persons with a chronic disease, and anyone who wants to reduce their risk for the flu be vaccinated.

Fulton County Health Department plans to provide flu shots to both high-risk individuals and the general population. High risk individuals are persons age 65 and over as well as those of any age who have chronic debilitating diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, lung disease, heart disease, and blood disorders. Health care providers working with high-risk populations should also consider vaccination. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all children age six months to 19 years of age receive flu vaccinations, either a flu shot or the FluMist intranasal vaccine. Caregivers of infants younger than six months should also be vaccinated to protect these infants.

The cost of the flu shot is $20 for adults and $7 for children, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.  Medicare will cover the cost for those over 65 years of age. Anyone with an insurance plan that replaces Medicare B should consider receiving a vaccination through their health care provider to assure coverage. Medicaid will also be accepted.

The health department will offer FluMist to healthy individuals between the ages of two and 49 years. This may be of interest to those who want to protect themselves from the flu without getting a shot. The cost of the FluMist vaccination is $20 for adults and $7 for children.

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