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Glenda Bertz

Press Release from the Lafayette County Health Department:

For the 2011-12 seasonal flu campaign, LCHD will be using the Flu Station program, a turn-key alternative to managing this service entirely with health department resources. LCHD will be under a contract with VaxCare, a preventive health service provider specializing in immunization services. VaxCare is responsible for furnishing the vaccine and supplies, and for billing clients. LCHD staff will administer the vaccinations.

Through this arrangement, clients will find some insurance plans accepted, as VaxCare is able to bill plans that the Health Department can not. Plans accepted by VaxCare are: Aetna, Medicare Part B, Medicare Railroad, and Untied Mine Workers of America (UMWA). Visa and Masterard (both credit and debit) are accepted as well as checks made payable to VaxCare, and cash. Another benefit of using VaxCare is that high dose vaccine for persons 65 and older, and instranasal mist will both be available in addition to standard vaccine.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severs illness, and at times can lead to death. Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. By getting a flu shot you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others, including those at high risk for serious illness. For the upcoming flu season, the Centers for disease Control (CDC) recommends all persons greater than 6 months of age be vaccinated.

Clinics open to the public will be held as follows:

September 15 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Concordia Senior Center

September 20 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Christian Community Center Upper Level (Wellington)

September 22 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Odessa Senior Center

October 4 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Margaret Gray Center (Lexington)

October 6 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Higginsville Senior Center

Flu vaccines will also be given beginning September 12 during regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the Heath Department. 547 South Business Highway 13, Lexington. Clinics are: Mondays 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the last Tuesday of the month 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. LCHD will continue to provide Vaccine for Children (VFC) influenza vaccine through these clinics. VFC is sponsored by the CDC to offer a limited supply of vaccinations (including influenza) for eligible low income and uninsured children age 6 months to 18 years.

For more information about the flu or this year’s vaccine, contact the Health Department at 660.259.4371. For the clinic schedule, select option 2. To speak to a nurse, choose option 4. LCHD is an equal opportunity employer. Services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.