Flu vaccinations are now available at Van Buren Health Department

By | September 28, 2018 12:45 pm

By Hansel Moore

Fall has arrived and so has the flu season. Each year, as choices for trick-or-treat costumes fill the aisles of the store, something scary creeps into the community – the influenza virus, or the flu.

According to CDC research, and the impact of the flu can be eased by vaccination efforts. If you desire to obtain a “flu shot,” the Van Buren County Health Department is making them available. The cost for the immunization is individually based on a variable financial scale based on income; in many case, they are at no cost to the individual.

For more information contact the Van Buren Health Department at (931) 946-2438.

Groups recommended for vaccination

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and above who do not have contraindications. Recommendations regarding timing of vaccination, considerations for specific populations, the use of specific vaccines, and contraindications and precautions are summarized in the sections that follow.

Timing of vaccination

Balancing considerations regarding the unpredictability of timing of onset of the influenza season and concerns that vaccine-induced immunity might wane over the course of a season, it is recommended that vaccination should be offered by the end of October. Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require two should receive their first dose as soon as possible after vaccine becomes available to allow the second dose (which must be administered four weeks later) to be received by the end of October. Community vaccination programs should balance maximizing likelihood of persistence of vaccine-induced protection through the season with avoiding missed opportunities to vaccinate or vaccinating after onset of influenza circulation occurs. Revaccination later in the season of persons who have already been fully vaccinated is not recommended. Vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating and unexpired vaccine is available. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccination, providers should offer vaccination during routine health care visits and hospitalizations.

Van Buren County Health Department is at 907 Old McMinnville St., in Spencer. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call (931) 946-2438 for more information.

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