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Prowers County Flu Shots Schedule for 2016

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Prowers County Public Health & Environment would like to announce their annual flu shot clinics for 2016. Vaccine is plentiful and available for both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used, therefore Prowers County Public Health & Environment will not be offering the nasal influenza vaccine.

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year either because they are at high risk, have had serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high risk persons. This season the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all persons 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccination. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from influenza. Those at high risk of developing flu-related complications include:

 Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

 Adults 65 years of age and older

 Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks post partum)

 Residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities

 American Indians and Alaskan Natives

 People who have medical conditions including:

 Asthma

 Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions

 Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)

 Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease

 Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)

 Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)

 Kidney disorders

 Liver disorders

 Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)

 Weakened immune system (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)

 People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

 People who are morbidly obese

The charge for the flu vaccination is $35, which is covered by most commercial insurance. Prowers County Public Health & Environment accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Rocky Mountain Health, Anthem BC/BS, CHP+, Cigna, Colorado Choice, Cover Colorado, United, and UMR. This year Prowers County Public Health & Environment will also be offering Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and Pneumonia PPSV23 for all adults 65 years and older as recommended by the CDC. A limited number of Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available through a Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) for adults at no charge. Qualifications for a free vaccination through the CSBG grant include; must currently reside in Prowers County, must be a US citizen or a lawfully permanent or present resident pursuant to Federal Law, and have an income at 125% of poverty level or below. Any resident of Prowers County who would like to participate will be required to complete a short form at the time of the clinic.

Those residents who are homebound and cannot physically attend a clinic may call the office to be placed on a list to receive a flu vaccination in the home. If you should have any questions, concerns, or for further information please feel free to call Prowers County Public Health & Environment at 336-8721. You may also visit our website at www.prowerscounty.net

Below is the schedule for flu shot clinics around the community through December.

Flu Clinic Sites and Schedule

Prowers County Public Health & Environment (Annex) – Thursday, October 13th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-4pm (open during lunch) – **Come get your flu shot in our tent outside-located on the grass in front of the County Annex Building

Tuesday, October 18th Granada School and Community – 9am-5:30pm

Tuesday, October 18th Wiley Community Center – 4pm-6pm

Wednesday, October 19th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-6pm (open during lunch)

Tuesday, October 25th Holly Community Center – 4pm-6pm

Wednesday, October 26th Prowers County Public Health & Environment 9am-12pm 1pm-5pm

Thursday, November 3rd Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-12pm 1pm-5pm

Wednesday, November 9th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 1pm-6pm

Wednesday, November 16th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Tuesday, November 22nd Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-5pm (open during lunch)

Friday, December 9th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-12pm 1pm-5pm

Friday, December 16th Prowers County Public Health & Environment – 9am-12pm 1pm-5pm

 

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