ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Health Department currently has flu vaccine that also includes the Intradermal (90% shorter needle) and the High Dose (for those aged 65 and older, offers better protection).
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 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, missed work and school, as well as prevent hospitalizations.
“The Bladen County Health Department wants to remind the public that the best way to be protected against the flu is to be vaccinated,” said Health Educator Marianne Valentiner. “We are urging everyone to get vaccinated as early as possible to protect you and your family.”
It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for protection to set in.
The flu vaccine is given through the Immunization Clinic at the Health Department. Appointments can be made and are appreciated, but walk-ins will also be accepted.
Clinic hours for flu vaccines are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Insurances that are currently accepted are Medcost, BC/BS, United Healthcare, Cigna, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The cost* of the vaccine without one of the insurances mentioned above will be as follows:
— High Dose Vaccine-(Ages 65 and older)- $60.00
— Intradermal Vaccine-(95% Shorter Needle)- $47.00
— Flu (Regular) Vaccine, (Multi-Dose 6 months and up)- $44.00
— Preservative Free- $49.00
*Payment will be required at the time of service for those with no insurance coverage.