Influenza vaccination clinics get underway Sept. 23 in Fulton County. The Health Department has scheduled several appointment clinics, walk-in clinics and a drive-through clinic for persons who have difficulty standing in line or are age 70 and above.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people be vaccinated against seasonal flu as soon as the vaccine is available. It takes about two weeks after receiving the shot for the vaccine to provide protection against the flu.
The cost of the flu shot is $20 for adults and $10 for children through age 18 years, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. For those with Medicare Plan B coverage, the cost will be billed to Medicare. Medicaid will be accepted.
People with an Insurance plan that replaces Medicare B should consider receiving a vaccination through their healthcare provider to assure coverage. Private physicians throughout the county are also offering seasonal flu shots to their patients.
• A drive-through clinic is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Health Department parking lot. Call 419/337-0915 to make an appointment.
This clinic is designed for anyone who has difficulty walking or standing in line; anyone over the age of 70; and for children with accessibility issues.
• Shots and FluMist intranasal vaccine will be available, by appointment, at the Health Department from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28. Adults are preferred.
• Health Department walk-in clinics are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and from noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28. These are only for adults age 19 and above.
Community walk-in clinics for adults and children are scheduled in the following locations:
Community walk-in clinics for adults and children are scheduled as follows:
Metamora—Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Evergreen Community Library, 253 Maple St.
Delta—Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Open Door, 104 Monroe St.
Fayette—Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Fayette Opera House, 105 E. Main St.
Lyons—Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Lyons Fire Hall, W. Morenci St.
Swanton—Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Swanton Public Library, 305 Chestnut St.
Archbold—Noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Archbold Public Library, 205 Stryker St.
Children and their parents may be vaccinated during regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the Health Department every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 24 and at the late immunization clinics Oct. 7 and Oct. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. Children may attend appointment clinics at the Health Department if these times do not work.
The complete schedule is posted on the web at www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com.
The symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, upper respiratory congestion with cough, body aches and fatigue. Although most people are ill only a few days, for some the illness is much more serious. Thousands of people in the U.S. die each year from the seasonal flu and its complications. Flu activity in the United States generally peaks between late December and early March.