Health department has flu vaccinations

By: Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Health Department currently has flu vaccine that also includes the Intradermal (90-percent shorter needle) and the High Dose (for those aged 65 and older, offers better protection).

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older as long as they are not allergic to eggs. While how well the vaccine works can vary, flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school, as well as prevent hospitalizations.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in, so start thinking about getting vaccinated now.

The Bladen County Health Department wants to remind the public that the best way to be protected against the flu is to be vaccinated. We are urging everyone to get vaccinated as early as possible to protect you and your family.

The flu vaccine is given through the Immunization Clinic at the Health Department. Appointments can be made but walk-ins will also be accepted. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. and 1 until 4 p.m.

Insurances that are currently accepted include Medcost, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Medicare and Medicaid.

For those that cannot make it out to our clinic, we are offering the convenience of a drive-thru flu clinic. This clinic will take place Friday, Oct. 23, at the Bladen County Health Department from 1 to 4 p.m. With proper insurance or payment, you will be able to receive the flu vaccine without even leaving your drivers seat! Please bring your insurance information with you.

Cost of the vaccine without one of the insurances mentioned above will be as follows:

— High Dose Vaccine (ages 65 and older) $60

— Intradermal Vaccine (95-percent shorter needle) $47

— Flu (regular) Vaccine $44

— Preservative Free $49

Payment will be required at the time of service for those with no insurance coverage.

For information call 910-872-6264 or 910-874-6252.

Staff report