POINT PLEASANT — Mason County Health Department has its flu vaccinations ready and has scheduled clinic times and locations.
Diana Riddle, director of nursing at MCHD, said that shots at the health department are free for children, those who receive medicare, and the uninsured, but she asks that those with private insurance visit their physician’s office or local pharmacy. At this time, Riddle said, the health department does not invoice private insurance providers for flu vaccine and administration.
The health department will be administering shots at the following times and locations: from 2-6 p.m., Monday, September 30 at Ashton Baptist Church ; from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 1 at the health department; from 10 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, October 2 at Mason Town Hall ; from 2-6pm Wednesday, October 2 at New Haven Community Center ; 3-6 p.m., Thursday, October 3, at Leon Town Hall; and from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, at Harmony Baptist Church.
Riddle said that the Center for Disease Control recommends that anyone over the age of six months, particularly those with health problems, receive the annual seasonal influenza vaccination and to receive it as early as the vaccine is available. The influenza virus, or flu, commonly peaks in January or February, but in years past outbreaks of the flu have been seen as early as November. The flu vaccine is designed to protect against circulating flu viruses for the entire season.
Riddle added that the health department receives free vaccine for children and can administer regardless of insurance status. Both the injection and nasal mist will be available for children. Adults who have traditional Medicare may receive a vaccine at the health department. The health department recommends that adults with insurance that pays for seasonal flu vaccines,receive their vaccines at physician offices or local pharmacies; these places are able to invoice insurance companies for the vaccine cost.
“One thing’s for sure this fall,” Riddle said. “No matter where you go, make sure you get your flu shot as soon as you can.”
Mason County Health Department may be reached at (304) 675-3050.