BURLINGTON – Flu season is upon us and the Alamance County Health Department (ACHD) is out to help you “Tackle the Flu.”  Beginning Monday, September 19, the health department will begin offering seasonal flu shots to the public.

The cost for the seasonal flu shot is $20.00.  The health department will file Medicaid and Medicare Part B only.  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 again 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.

Clients with internet access can visit www.AlamanceFlu.com or follow the health department on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute flu clinic updates and information on special clinic hours, if needed.  For general flu vaccine questions or specific questions regarding the filing of a particular insurance or Medicare plan for flu shots, please call the health department at (336) 227-0101.

There is an extra incentive for getting your flu shot this year.  The N.C. Division of Public Health is partnering with Scholastic Sports Marketing, based out of Charlotte, N.C., and high schools across the state this fall for the Tackle the Flu campaign.

People who participate in the Tackle the Flu campaign also can enter the “text to win” contest, giving fans the opportunity to win four tickets to a North Carolina professional sports event of their choice.  Anyone can enter by texting TACKLEFLU to 94253.  For more information, visit www.flu.nc.gov.

Help you and your family stay in the game by getting your flu vaccination today.  Additionally, don’t forget to wash your hands often, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or your sleeve, stay home when sick, and don’t forget to text TACKLEFLU to 94253 and enter to win four tickets to your favorite North Carolina professional sporting event.