Flu vaccines offered

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Marshall County Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccine beginning Sept.10. Other dates are: Sept. 17, 18, and 24, and Oct. 1. The vaccine will be administered by appointment only at the Health Department, located at 206 Legion Street, Lewisburg,

The cost of the flu shot is $25 for adults, ages 19 and older, and $13.70 for children. The Health Department will bill Medicare and other third party payers as appropriate.

To make an appointment for vaccination or ask questions about flu vaccine, call the Marshall County Health Department at 359-1551.

Seasonal flu is a preventable illness that can be serious and even deadly. Each year five to 20 percent of the country's population gets seasonal flu. Nationwide, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year with complications from seasonal flu and more than 36,000 die from the illness. In Tennessee, an estimated 700 people die from seasonal flu each year.

The Marshall County Health Department urges seasonal flu vaccination to prevent illness. The vaccine is particularly recommended for the elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, since they are at high risk for complications from seasonal flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine available now is not effective against the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus, and both kinds of flu are expected to circulate this year. The health department therefore strongly encourages everyone to get both types of flu vaccine.

Vaccine to protect against the H1N1 strain of flu is now being manufactured and tested.

The Marshall County Health Department will notify the public immediately when H1N1 vaccine becomes available for administration.