New Hanover County flu clinics to begin Sept. 30

New Hanover County flu clinics to begin Sept. 30

By / Local News / Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:00

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Health Department will begin offering flu shots Tuesday, Sept. 30. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and walk-ins will be gladly accepted.  To schedule your appointment, call (910) 798-6646.

According to health officials, everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu annually, especially those with chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Pregnant women and the elderly are also at high risk.

“Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to prevent flu from spreading,” said New Hanover County Deputy Health Director Joshua Swift. “Also, protect yourself and others by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, and staying home and away from others when sick.”

This year, the health department will offer the traditional inject-able vaccine for ages 6 months and older, the nasal spray (FluMist) to ages two through 49, and a high dose option to those 65 and older.  The vaccine protects against four flu strains, including the common H1N1 and H3N2 varieties.

Persons with mobility issues can receive the vaccine in their automobile, if requested. You do not have to be a New Hanover County resident to receive a flu shot at the New Hanover County Health Department.

Interested in hosting a flu clinic at your church, business or civic group?  For groups of 20 or more, the health department will gladly bring a flu clinic to you.  For more information or scheduling, call (910) 798-6529.

The health department accepts Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Health Choice, cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard (credit or debit).

For more information on the flu clinic at the New Hanover County Health Department, call (910) 798-6646. For health-related news and information connect with the New Hanover County Health Department on social media: www.twitter.com/nhchealth and www.facebook.com/nhchealth

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