- Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 23:37
- Written by Super User
The New Hanover County Health Department will begin holding Flu shot clinics September 18. (Photo: Ohio.gov)
NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Health Department will begin offering flu shots Tuesday, September 18. The shots are available by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and until 4:15 p.m. on Friday.
Appointments can be made by calling (910) 798-6646. Officials say their goal is to provide pleasant and efficient service for each customer in 20 minutes or less and will also provide the vaccine to persons with mobility issues in the comfort of their automobile.
New Hanover County residency is not required to receive a flu shot at the Health Department. If your church, civic group or business is interested in the Health Department offering a flu clinic at your location, call 798-6529. They will bring the flu clinic to groups of 20 or more persons. This year they are accepting Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Health Choice, cash, check, Visa/MasterCard (credit or debit). Other things you can do to help protect yourself from the flu:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• If you don't have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• Put your used tissue in the wastebasket.
• Wash your hands with soap and water.
There is also a new recommendation for receiving Pneumovax (the pneumonia shot). Adult tobacco smokers, ages 19 years and older, are now being urged to receive the vaccine, since they are at a heightened risk for respiratory infection. Pneumovax vaccinations should be separated by five years and you should only receive two in your lifetime. People in good health and do not smoke usually receive one Pneumovax vaccination at age 65 years or older.
For current information on the Flu Clinic at New Hanover County Health Department, call (910) 798-6676. This information line will be updated as necessary throughout the flu season. For health-related news and information visit the New Hanover County Health Department online at http://www.nhcgov.com/Health and through social media at: http://www.twitter.com/nhchealth and http://www.facebook.com/nhchealth.
Source: New Hanover County Health Department. Joshua Swift, Deputy Health Director.