Macon County Public Health has scheduled a series of seasonal influenza vaccination clinics at locations in Franklin, Highlands and Otto. This year, seasonal influenza vaccine provides protection against three strains of influenza, including H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Children under 9 years of age who haven't been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.
Appointments are not needed for these clinics and vaccine will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals unable to wait in line may have someone wait in line for them and a nurse will take vaccine to their vehicle.
At the present time, seasonal flu shot clinics will be provided by Macon County Public Health as follows:
• Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kmart in Franklin
• Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Otto Community Building
• Friday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building in Highlands
• Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the “Pumpkin Fest” on Franklin Town Square.
The cost for the vaccine is $25 and the public health center will bill Medicare and Medicare replacements, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Crescent, Medicaid and Tricare - so clients should bring their cards with them to the vaccination clinics. Medicaid enrollees should be prepared to pay at the visits in the event Medicaid does not cover the cost. Some children, including those on Medicaid or those with inadequate health insurance, may qualify for free vaccine.
To keep up-to-date about seasonal clinics, visit the county's website at www.maconnc.org or call Macon County Public Health at (828)349-2081.