I am passing on information that I just received via telephone from our county health department. As of today, September 2nd, the regular flu vaccine has not arrived yet but it should be here very shortly. At this time, they are planning on beginning the flu shots on Thursday, September 10th but only to self-paying patients. Each shot will be $15.00. For Medicare and Medicaid patients, those shots will be available in October as the State will not pay for the administration of these shots before October.
The Swine Flu Vaccine Schedule is a different story. At this time, there are still alot of questions as to who and when these shots should be given. I was told today that there may not be a surplus of this vaccine available. If that is the case, the first tier of patients who would be able to get the shots are pregnant women, parents and caregivers of babies 6-months-old and younger. People with underlying health issues will also be given the shots before the general public. Each patient must take 2 shots in order for the vaccine to be totally effective.
If you have any other questions, please call your own medical professionals or people who live in Wichita County may call our Health Department at 375-2289 or our clinic at 375-2222.