Flu season is upon us and the Alamance County Health Department wants you to protect yourself and your family. Monday, October 7, the health department began offering seasonal flu shots to the public.
This year, the health department will be providing the following vaccine options to the public:
- Quadrivalent flu vaccine injection which covers four strains of influenza
- Flublok flu vaccine injection which is recommended for people with egg allergies that are ages 18 years and older
- High Dose Trivalent vaccine which covers three strains and is recommended for people over 65 years
The vaccine is available while supplies last. 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.
The cost of the Quadrivalent vaccine is $35.00. The cost of the Flublok and High Dose Trivalent is $65.00. Uninsured children less than 19 years old are eligible for free vaccine. Insured children less than 19 years old whose insurance does not cover the cost of a flu shot may be eligible for free flu vaccine, pending certain qualifications.
The health department can bill Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurances. The flu vaccine will be available by appointment only at the following times:
- Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)
- 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
- 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Increase your chances of keeping the flu away by getting the vaccine. Also, remember to wash your hands often, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick to help stop the spread of illness. For an appointment or more information, call the health department at 336-570-6459.