Brunswick County Health Services Offering High-dose Flu Vaccine
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County Health Services is offering flu vaccines, including the high-dose flu vaccine which is recommended for people 65 years old or older. The high-dose vaccine contains four times the antigen—the part of the vaccine that helps your body build up protection against flu viruses— than the regular flu vaccine. The higher dose of antigen is intended to help older people build better immunity against flu.
It is estimated that each year approximately five to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized for flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older. Children younger than five years old and adults 65 years old or older, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions are all at increased risk of severe illness or complications from the flu.
“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect both yourself and your family from the flu,” Health and Human Services Executive Director David Stanley said.
To help prevent the spread of influenza and other viruses, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands frequently or clean them with hand sanitizer when water is not available. Avoiding crowds, limiting travel and working from home when possible can all also help prevent the spread of illness.
The flu shot clinic at Brunswick County Health Services runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. No appointment is needed.
Regular flu shots are $40 while the high-dose vaccine is $59. Health Services accepts cash, checks, credit cards, Medicaid, Medicare, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medcost, Tricare and United Healthcare.
For more information, contact Health Services at 910.253.2250.