December 16, 2003
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO OFFER FLU VACCINE TO THOSE AT HIGHEST RISK
Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Health Department will offer a limited supply of flu vaccinations on Wednesday, December 17. These vaccinations will only be available for high-risk patients - children 6 months to 23 months, children and adults with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, and seniors over 65 years of age.
The flu vaccine will be made available only at the Mecklenburg County Health Department's southeast campus located at 249 Billingsley Road. Clinic hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm or until the vaccine supply is exhausted. The flu shot is $20 dollars, payable by cash or check. The vaccination is free for those with Medicaid or Medicare "B" coverage and at-risk children.
This supply is the remainder of vaccination clinics from last week, and Mecklenburg County's portion of the 2,490 doses the state received from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services anticipates an additional delivery from the CDC.
As an option for healthy people, the Health Department has also ordered a limited supply of FluMist, a new nasal spray flu vaccine. FluMist can be taken by healthy individuals between the ages of 5 and 49 years. FluMist will cost $40 through the Health Department. This product is not yet available, so those interested should call the Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667 for updates.
Other healthy individuals still seeking the traditional, injectable flu vaccination or the FluMist nasal spray vaccine should call their primary care provider for availability.