Health Services offering flu vaccines as 2019-20 flu season approaches

09.30.2019

Health Services offering flu vaccines as 2019-20 flu season approaches

MEDIA RELEASE

Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County Health Services will begin offering flu vaccines on Oct. 1. Nurses will also be administering flu shots at Brunswick County Schools and various locations throughout the community this season.

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, and promptly dispose of the tissue in a trash can. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into upper sleeves instead of bare hands.

Wash hands frequently with warm, soapy water for 10-15 seconds, or clean them with hand sanitizer when water is not available. Household areas should be cleaned with household detergents, such as bleach or alcohol when appropriate, to keep them sanitized. Avoiding crowds, limiting travel and working from home when possible can all also help prevent the spread of illness.

The flu shot clinic begins Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Brunswick County Health Services and 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, recommended for people 65 years old or older, is $59. Health Services accepts cash, checks, credit cards, Medicaid, Medicare, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medcost, Tricare and United Healthcare.

Health Services staff will administer vaccines to students at Brunswick County Schools on select dates. Parents must complete permission forms before staff can give the vaccination.

For more information, contact Health Services at 910.253.2250.

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