Flu vaccine now available at Hamblen Health Department

Posted on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Seasonal influenza vaccine is now available at the Hamblen County Health Department.

No appointments are necessary, but suggested times for arrivals are between 8 and 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine, so it’s a good idea to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available,” said Hamblen County Health Department Director Sherrie Montgomery. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in their community. However, we will continue to vaccinate residents as long as have supplies of vaccine.”

The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. This year’s vaccine includes protection against H1N1 flu, in addition to other strains of seasonal flu expected to circulate this year.

The cost of the vaccine is $30 each. The cost will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on patient income. Payments can be made in the form of cash, check or credit card. Medicare and TennCare can be billed. Private insurance will not be billed. Those with private insurance that covers flu vaccine will be given a receipt to file their own claims with their insurance providers.

Seasonal flu is a preventable, contagious illness that can be serious. Nationally, thousands of people die from influenza each year. Most of them are over age 65. The flu can cause serious illness for pregnant women and other people of any age.

The typical flu season occurs in the fall or winter. But the size and severity of flu epidemics are unpredictable. Even during mild flu seasons, local outbreaks can affect large numbers of people.

For more information about the flu vaccine, call the Hamblen County Health Department at 423-586-6431.

-From Contributed Reports

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