Health Department to Offer Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics Starting Monday

The Dubois County Health Department says they will begin adult seasonal flu vaccine clinics next Monday.

Clinics will begin at 8 am Monday September 16th and will be held daily from 8 to 11 am and from 1 till 3 pm. Pediatric flu clinic dates have not yet to be determined.

The department says the high-dose influenza vaccine will be available for those 65 and older. Human immune defenses weaken with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response and therefore better protection against flu.

The health department is partnering with VaxCare, which will submit claims to certain private insurance companies and Medicare Part B. They say all Medicare insurance cards must be presented at the time of service. If there is no insurance company to bill, the fee for the adult influenza vaccine is $30. The cost for the high-dose vaccine is $45.

The health department advises that everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season: influenza B viruses, influenza A H1N1 viruses, and influenza A H3N2 viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.