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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

October 25, 2002


Charlotte, NC – The State’s first case of influenza has already been reported, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department is reminding everyone of the inexpensive insurance that the flu shot can provide.  The last of the Health Department’s scheduled flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics provide the perfect opportunity to get this important vaccination.  During these two days, immunizations staff will work solely on administering these vaccines.  After Tuesday, walk-in patients will still be able to get the shots, but will be served along with others seeking routine vaccinations.

The remaining flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics will be Monday, October 28th at the Health Department’s northwest campus at 2845 Beatties Ford Road and Tuesday, October 29th at the southeast campus at 249 Billingsley Road.   The shot clinics will be open 8:30am – 4:00pm on both days.

People 65 and older or those with chronic illnesses are encouraged to get the vaccination early in order to insure they develop a level of resistance before flu season takes hold.   Healthy adults can wait until later in the season in order to allow those at highest risk to get the shots first. 

The flu shot costs $15 dollars and the pneumonia shot costs $20 dollars.  There is no charge for patients with Medicaid or Medicare ‘B’ coverage.   Medicaid and Medicare patients are reminded to bring their insurance cards.

The Health Department also has vaccination stock for children at risk of developing complications from the flu.  There is no charge for the flu or pneumonia shots for these children.  For others, there is a $15 dollar charge for the flu shot and a $20 dollar charge for the pneumonia shot.

Facts about the flu:

· More than 100 people in Mecklenburg County die from the flu and pneumonia each year.
· As the number of flu and pneumonia vaccinations given has risen, the number of people who die from complications of these illnesses has fallen.
· People with diabetes are three times more likely to die from flu and pneumonia, yet more than 1/3 of those with diabetes did not get the flu shot in 2001.
· You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. 
· The flu and pneumonia vaccinations are generally less expensive at the Health Department.

For recorded information in English and Spanish about dates, times, locations and costs for the vaccination clinics, call the Health Department’s Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667.

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