Believe it or not, flu season is almost here. Fortunately, the Crawford County Health Department is ready to help fight the ailment.
CCDH will host its first influenza vaccination clinic of the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at its offices, 202 N. Christopher, Robinson. This clinic will be for adults only.
The department encourages flu vaccinations for everyone over six months of age and plans to provide ample opportunities for vaccination this season. Some clinics will be open to adults only, while others will be open to both adults and children.
Another six clinics are planned at the department. Their dates and times are:
4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct., 2. All ages.
1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. All ages.
1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. All ages.
4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. All ages.
1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. All ages.
1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. All ages.
A drive-through clinic for adults only is planned for Robinson City Park Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to p.m., weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be held inside the health department. The drive-through allows those with limited mobility to receive a shot without leaving their vehicle.
CCHD will also give shots to adults only at the Heath Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7. The booth will be located in front of Mediacom on the southwest side of the square.
During November and December vaccinations will also be provided every Monday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. during the department's regular "walk-in" clinics for adults and children.
Persons wishing to be vaccinated who are unable to attend one of these organized clinics may call the Health Department to schedule an individual appointment. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate those with limited mobility.
CCHD will not provide nasal mist flu vaccinations again this season because of current recommendations from the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices. ACIP recommends shots instead for this season. "High-dose" vaccinations will be available upon request for those who are over 65 years old.
There is a charge for the seasonal flu shot. Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and several other insurance companies can be billed for flu vaccination for those persons presenting appropriate cards.
Residents with questions about flu vaccination, scheduling, or insurance coverage should call CCHD at 544-8798.