Flu shots available in Vance, Granville

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 07:47 PM

The flu season is approaching, and health officials are advising people to get vaccinated to protect themselves.

“We do encourage everyone to get this shot,” said Lisa Harrison, director for the Granville-Vance District Health Department.

Flu vaccine is available at both health departments locations.

In Vance County, flu clinics are held on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30-11 a.m. The department is located at 115 Charles Rollins Road in Henderson.

The scheduled flu clinics in Granville County are held on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30-11 a.m. The department is located at 101 Hunt Drive in Oxford.

“If people decide to come outside those specific times, we are certainly providing the shots from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each location,” Harrison said.

She said a person is likely to experience a shorter waiting time during the hours scheduled for flu clinics.

The flu shot costs $30. However, it is covered by most insurance policies, Harrison said. There is no cost to individuals on Medicare or Medicaid.

A person with no insurance may qualify for financial assistance, which is available on a sliding scale, depending on income.

“We do have the high-dose flu shot for seniors,” Harrison said. “Those over 65 can come to the health department to make sure they are well protected.”

The flu season is just beginning.

“We’re seeing an uptick around the nation,” Harrison said, but locally, “nothing out of the ordinary.”

The Center for Disease Control recommends that all persons 6 months and older get the flu vaccination. Children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years are recommended for two doses.

The CDC highly recommends the vaccine for children, individuals over 50 years of age, people with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant during the flu season, people with immunosuppression caused by medication or HIV infection, children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy, obese individuals, American Indians and residents of nursing homes.

In addition, persons who live with or care for persons in any of these categories should be vaccinated.

“It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective in protecting you from flu after you receive the shot,” Harrison said. “Come in now and be prepared for the season.”

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