New flu vaccine now available from county | News

The flu vaccine for the 2018-19 season is now available at the Coconino County Public Health Services District Clinic in Flagstaff.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination, the vaccine is more important for some people.

The CDC suggests the vaccine for children under five years of age and particularly children younger than two years old and those with special healthcare needs. On the other end of the spectrum, people 50 years of age and older should also get the vaccine.

The vaccine is also recommended highly for those who may have certain chronic medical conditions, those living in long-term care facilities, health care workers and those who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.

The cost for a flu vaccination at the County Clinic is $30. As a courtesy, the county will bill the insurance company, but according to a county press release, those seeking a flu shot should check with their insurance provider to determine whether they are covered and should bring their insurance card. No one, however, will be denied services due to an inability to pay.

During each flu season, a new vaccine is manufactured to combat circulating influenza viruses. While it is too early to determine the effectiveness of this season’s vaccine, immunization reduces the chance of influenza-related complications, such as hospitalization, chronic disease and death. The earlier people get their shot, the more likely their immune system will be better prepared to combat the flu.

Flu shots are available at the CCPHSD Clinic, 2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff, Monday – Friday, 8 – 11 a.m. and noon – 5 p.m., on an appointment basis. Walk-ins are accepted as availability permits. Call the CCPHSD Clinic at 928-679-7222 to make an appointment.

Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 607-5155 or on twitter @AdrianSkabelund.