September 22, 2004
Charlotte, NC -The Mecklenburg County Health Department has set the dates, times and locations for the 2004 flu season clinics.
People 65 and older or those with chronic illnesses are encouraged to get the vaccination early in order to ensure they develop a level of resistance before flu season takes hold. Healthy adults are asked to wait until later in the season in order to allow those at highest risk to get the shots first.
The Health Department also has vaccination stock for children 6 to 23 months and children 24 to 35 months 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 $20 charge for the flu shot and a $25 charge for the pneumonia shot.
Vaccination clinics will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Health Department's Beatties Ford Road campus on Mondays in October, and at the Health Department's campus on Billingsley Road on Tuesdays in October. Below are the specific dates and addresses for the clinics.
2845 Beatties Ford Road 249 Billingsley Road
- Monday, October 4 Tuesday, October 5
- Monday, October 11 Tuesday, October 12
- Monday, October 18 Tuesday, October 19
- Monday, October 25 Tuesday, October 26
There is no charge for patients with Medicaid or Medicare 'B' coverage. Medicaid and Medicare patients must bring their insurance cards.
Last year, the Health Department gave almost 10,000 vaccinations and expects to do the same this year. According to the CDC, most of the influenza viruses that have been isolated so far in the United States are well matched to the strains contained in this year's vaccine.
Mecklenburg County residents can call the Health Department's Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667 for recorded information in English and Spanish about dates, times, locations and costs for the vaccination clinics.
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