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2016 Influenza Immunization Schedule

Richland County Health & Human Services Public Health has announced the 2016 seasonal influenza immunization schedule.

The first of the clinic is set for Friday, October 28th from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Rockbridge School. Two clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd. The first will be from 10:30 until 11:00 AM at St. Anthony's School in Germantown. The other will be from 1:00 until 1:30 PM at the Yuba Community Center. Two influenza clinics are scheduled for Friday, November 4th. One from 10:30 until 11:30 AM at the Buena Vista Town Hall, with the other set for 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Boaz Community Center. The final clinic is set for Wednesday, November 9th from 10:00 until 11:30 at the Health & Human Services Building in Richland Center.

An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone 6-months of age and older. You should consult your healthcare provider before you get a flu shot if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or if you have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

The standard influenza vaccine is $40. A High-Dose influenza vaccine is $60. Influenza vaccine is reimbursable by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. People with Medicaid or Medicare Part B will be required to present their card at the clinic and will not have to pay for the vaccines. If Medicare Part B is not your primary coverage, you may be required to pay for the immunizations, as Health & Human Services is not a provider for all insurance carriers. If you are unsure about your coverage, you should ask prior to receiving the immunizations. Those with questions should call Public Health at 647-8821.

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has announced that the nasal spray influenza vaccine should not be used during the 2016-17 influenza season after data showed poor or relatively low effectiveness of the nasal spray from 2013 through 2016. State Health officials believe there will be enough of the injectable vaccine available for the '16-'17 season so everyone 6 months and older can protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.