It’s never too early to get a flu shot. That’s the message Elk Regional Health System and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sending this fall as flu shot clinics are opening across the region and nation.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Flu symptoms can, but may not always, include a fever or chills. Other symptoms include a cough, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some of those infected with flu may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though the CDC says those symptoms are more common in children than in adults.
According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
Elk Regional is offering a number of walk-in flu clinics this fall. Each clinic is open to members of the public who are 18 years of age or older.
The cost for a flu vaccine is $30, but that will be discounted to $25 if patients offer payment with cash or a personal check. Medicare Part B patients may have their flu shots billed to Medicare. Some Medicare HMOs will also accept flu shot billing. Patients who attend one of Elk Regional’s walk-in clinics should bring all insurance cards with them to the clinic.
To view the times and locations of Elk Regional’s walk-in clinics, click the link below to download the 2011 Flu Clinic Schedule. The schedule is available in PDF format, which means most computers can automatically open the document.
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