Flu Clinics 2013-2014
Lafayette County Health Department will hold flu vaccine clinics in the County as follows:
- September 10 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Odessa Senior Center
- September 13 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wellington City Hall
- September 17 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Higginsville Senior Center
- September 19 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Concordia Senior Center
- September 20 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Margaret Gray Center (Lexington)
In September we will be at the Wal-Mart Pharmacy at 1180 W 19th, Higginsville on Tuesdays 8am to noon and Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm.
Flu vaccine will also be given beginning September 2nd during regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the Health Department, 547 South Business Highway 13, Lexington. Clinics are: Mondays 1 to 4 pm, Wednesdays 8:30 am to 4 pm, and the last Tuesday of the month 8:30 am to 7 pm (Please arrive by 6:30 pm as there is paperwork to fill out). LCHD will provide Vaccine for Children (VFC) influenza vaccine through these clinics as soon as we receive vaccine from MDHSS. VFC is sponsored by the CDC to offer a limited supply of vaccinations (including influenza) for eligible low income and uninsured children age 6 months to 18 years.
For the 2013-14 seasonal flu campaign, LCHD will again be using the Flu Station program, a turn-key alternative to managing this service entirely with health department resources. LCHD will be under a contract with VaxCare, a preventive health service provider specializing in immunization services. VaxCare is responsible for furnishing the vaccine and supplies, and for billing clients. LCHD staff will administer the vaccinations.
Through this arrangement, clients will find some insurance plans accepted, as VaxCare is able to bill plans that the Health Department can not. Plans accepted by VaxCare are: AARP Secure Horizon, Aetna (not HMO), Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield (not Medicare Advantage), Blue Cross/Blue Shield Federal, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry (not HMO, POS, or Medicare Advantage), Golden Rule, Great West-Cigna, First Health (not HMO, POS, or Medicare Advantage), HealthLink, Humana, Mail Handlers (not HMO, POS, or Medicare Advantage), Medicare Part B, Medicare Railroad, Mulitplan, Three Rivers, UMR, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), and United Healthcare. Another benefit of using VaxCare is that high dose vaccine for persons 65 and older, and intranasal mist will both be available in addition to standard vaccine.
Pricing for flu: $25 regular, $35 nasal, $45 high dose ~ Checks made payable to LCHD or cash.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruse. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions,are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. By getting a flu shot you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others, including those at high risk for serious illness. For the upcoming flu season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends all persons greater than 6 months of age be vaccinated.
For more information about the flu or this year’s vaccine, contact the Health Department at (660) 259-4371. For the clinic schedule, select option 2. To speak to a nurse, choose option 4. LCHD is an equal opportunity employer. Services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.