Not too early: Flu clinic at Health Department is Friday

Casey LaRue, a registered nurse at the Blount County Health Department, gives Blount County Health Director Micky Roberts his flu shot. Flu shots will be available from the department in a flu shot clinic on Friday, Oct. 18.

Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell

Casey LaRue, a registered nurse at the Blount County Health Department, gives Blount County Health Director Micky Roberts his flu shot. Flu shots will be available from the department in a flu shot clinic on Friday, Oct. 18.

The Blount County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic on Friday, Oct. 17. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Everett Athletic Complex on the grounds of the Everett Recreation Center at 318 South Everett High Road in Maryville. Adult and pediatric doses will be available.

Micky Roberts, Blount County Health Director, said residents should not think it is too early for the flu vaccine. “It’s not too early,” said Roberts. “The shots are available now and it is a good time to get your vaccination.”

Influenza vaccine can be given to individuals 6 months of age and older. It is recommended for anyone who wishes to reduce their risk of getting influenza. The shot is especially important for those who are at risk for complications from influenza and for those who live with or care for people at high risk.

The cost of the shot will be $ 25 for adults and $13.70 for children age 2 to 19. For children 6 months to 2 years old, caregivers are asked to call the health department to schedule a flu shot.

The clinic will also offer pneumonia vaccine for a fee of $ 41.00. Pneumonia vaccine only needs to be given once to anyone over age 64 and is also important for younger adults with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illness. It can help prevent the life-threatening bacterial pneumonia that can follow influenza.

Payment will be taken at the clinic in the form of cash or check. Medicare and TennCare can also be billed. Please note the health department is only able to bill regular Medicare and/or TennCare and are no longer able to bill Caritin, RailRoad Medicare or Humana MCOs. Please bring all insurance cards. Correct change is preferred. Individuals attending the clinic need to wear a short sleeve shirt.

For more information, contact the Blount County Health Department at 865-983-4582.

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