Macon County Public Health has scheduled a series of seasonal influenza vaccination clinics at locations in Franklin and Highlands. 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.
Seasonal flu shot clinics are as follows:
— Friday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Southwestern Community College’s campus on Siler Road. Follow the signs to the correct entrance.
— Friday, Sept. 14, at the Macon County Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Health Department staff will be located at the Blue Cross Blue Shield exhibit bus giving shots.
— Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Macon County Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Health Department staff will be located at the Blue Cross Blue Shield exhibit bus giving shots.
— Monday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.
— Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building at Highlands-Cashiers hospital.
—Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Autumn Leaf Craft Show at the Macon Community Building.
The cost for the vaccine is $25 and the public health center will bill Medicare and Medicare replacements, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 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.
Individuals age 65 and older will be eligible to receive a high dose flu vaccine available at all regularly scheduled clinics while supplies last. The cost of high dose vaccine is $50 and Medicare can be filed.
To keep up-to-date about seasonal clinics, visit the county’s website at www.maconnc.org or call at (828)349-2081.