Not too early: Health department offers flu shots

The Blount County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Clinic will be open during regular clinic hours and will be located at the Blount County Health Department located at 301 McGhee Street (across from Maryville Towers in the former Blount County Library site) in Maryville. Adult and pediatric doses (over 6 mos.) will be available.

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; it 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 People who should get influenza vaccine are:

• Adults 50 and over

• All children 6 months to 18 years of age, especially those under 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 (October to March)

• Residents and staff of nursing homes or long term care facilities Caregivers and those who live with an infant aged less then 6 months All health care workers

• Anyone who has close personal contact with someone at high risk of complications from influenza

• Anyone who wishes to reduce their chances of getting influenza

The cost of the shot will be $25 for adults and $13.70 for children ages 2-19.

The clinic will also offer pneumonia vaccine for a fee of $41. 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 your insurance cards with you.

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

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