County health department offers flu shots
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 9:11 pm
The Obion County Health Department is scheduling flu shot appointments for adults and children.
Influenza vaccine can be given to individuals six months of age and older. It is recommended for everyone who wishes to reduce the risk of getting influenza and is especially important for those who are at risk for complications from flu and for those who live with or care for people at high risk.
People who should get influenza shots include:
• adults 50 years old and older;
• children 6 months to 18 years old, especially those younger than 5 and those with chronic health problems or asthma;
• anyone with a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease or who has a weakened immune system;
• women who are, or plan to be, pregnant during flu season, which is October to March;
• residents and staff of nursing homes or long-term care facilities;
• caregivers and those who live with an infant younger than 6 months old;
• all health care workers;
• anyone who has close personal contact with someone at high risk of complications from flu;
• anyone who wishes to reduce their chances of getting flu.
The clinic will also offer pneumonia vaccine. This vaccine is needed only once by anyone 64 years old or older. It is an important vaccination for younger adults who have diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, since it can help prevent the life-threatening bacterial pneumonia than can follow influenza.
Payment will be accepted in cash or check form at the clinic.
Medicare and TennCare are also accepted for billing.
Those attending the clinic for vaccinations are reminded to bring insurance cards with them and to wear short-sleeved shirts.
For more information, call the Obion County Health Department at 885-8722. The facility is located at 1008 Mount Zion Road in Union City.