112012Sep

Health Department Begins 2012 Seasonal Flu Vaccination on Wednesday

Shots to be available daily, on walk-in basis

BURLINGTON – Flu season is upon us and the Alamance County Health Department (ACHD) wants you to protect yourself and your families.  Beginning Wednesday, September 12, the health department will begin offering seasonal flu shots to the public.

The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $25.00.  Some groups may be eligible for free flu vaccine. Those eligible for free vaccine include:

  • Uninsured children less than 19 years old
  • Caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
  • Students (19 years or older) attending a North Carolina university, college or community college

Children less than 19 years old whose insurance does not cover the cost of a flu shot may be eligible for free flu vaccine.

The health department can bill Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurances.  Shots will be given on a walk-in basis, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), at the following times:

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

This year’s seasonal vaccine contains several strains of influenza, including H1N1.  Therefore, one shot is all most people will need.  Children under age 9, who have not previously been vaccinated against the flu, may need two doses.

Help you and your family stay healthy this season by getting the flu shot today. Don’t forget to wash your hands often, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick to help stop the spread of illness.

For more information, call the health department at 336-227-0101.