- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:23
- Written by Super User
NEW HANOVER CTY - With flu cases already appearing in our state, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos is encouraging all North Carolinians to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine. While it is too soon to tell how severe this year's influenza season will be, public health experts see recent events as a good opportunity to remind people how important it is to take precautions.
The New Hanover County Health Department is offering flu shots through October 25th from 8:15am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday at 2029 S. 17th Street in Wilmington.
Please bring a photo ID and insurance card. They will bill all major insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or you can self-pay. They also have high dose vaccines for those 65 or older.
Call 910-798-6646 to schedule your appointment.
If you plan to self-pay, the cost at the New Hanover County Health Department for the regular shot is $45. For the high dose, the cost is $60. For a mist vaccine, the cost is $55. They also offer a pneumonia shot for $100.
If you plan to self-pay, the regular shot at CVS Pharmacy at 6435 Carolina Beach Road is $31. The high dose is $49.99. No appointment required and they accept insurance. When you go in for your shot, they give you a 20% off shopping pass.
At Walgreens in Carolina Beach the cost to self-pay without insurance is $31.99 for the regular shot.
"Several H1N1 cases recently reported in our state serve as a good reminder that it's not too early to be vaccinated," Dr. Wos said. "Even healthy people can get very sick if they get the flu and nobody wants to be out of work or school for an extended period. It's important to remember that we all can help keep our co-workers and our families healthy by being vaccinated."
DHHS recently implemented a mandatory flu vaccine policy for its 14 state-operated healthcare facilities. This measure is intended to curb the spread of flu among staff, residents, patients, volunteers and their families and close contacts. DHHS has distributed nearly 200,000 doses of vaccine thus far to local health departments and health care providers to immunize children eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program, as well as certain uninsured adults who qualify for state-supplied vaccine. In addition to state-supplied vaccine, many employers, local community organizations and pharmacies offer or sponsor flu clinics. Most insurance plans and Medicaid cover flu vaccinations.
This year's vaccine protects against the strains of flu that are expected to circulate this year, including H1N1. Vaccination is available in nasal spray and shot form.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses External link. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The safest, most effective way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older get their yearly flu vaccine.
In addition to vaccination, DHHS encourages everyone to use personal precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses:
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly.
• Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer.
• Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.
For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.
The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are:
• Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
• Fever (low grade)
If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last one to two days.
The nasal spray (also called LAIV or FluMist®): The viruses in the nasal-spray vaccine are weakened and do not cause severe symptoms often associated with influenza illness. (In clinical studies, transmission of vaccine viruses to close contacts has occurred only rarely.) In children, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include:
• runny nose
• muscle aches
In adults, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include
• runny nose
• sore throat
For more information, visit the NC Flu Update at www.flu.nc.gov