Flu vaccines now available in Houston County

Staff reportSeptember 6, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Flu vaccines are now available at the Houston County Health Department.

Three types of vaccine will be offered: the traditional flu shot, which is recommended for everyone over 6 months old; FluMist, the nasal spray approved for those ages 2-49; and the high-dose flu shot, recommended for those who are 65 years or older, according to a news release from the North Central Health District.

The traditional flu shot and FluMist cost $25 and are available for free to those with Medicaid, PeachCare, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Medicare Part B, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia or a state benefit plan through United Healthcare or Cigna. The high-dose flu shot is $55 and is covered by Medicare Part B, the release states.

No appointment is necessary. The Houston County Health Department is located at 98 Cohen Walker Drive in Warner Robins. It is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Tuesday when it is open until 6 p.m.

Flu vaccine also will be available at each Houston County Wal-Mart, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday; Thursday; Sept. 13; Sept. 30; Oct. 2; and Oct. 4, the release states. In addition, the health department will offer flu vaccines in all public schools, some private schools and off-site to groups of 10 or more people.

It’s recommended that all ages receive the flu vaccine but particularly those 50 years and older, school-aged children, those with chronic health conditions, women who will be pregnant during the flu season, and health care workers and other caregivers, the release states.

For more information, or to make arrangements for an off-site visit, call the health department at 478-218-2000.

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