The Columbus Department of Public Health and the West Central Health District have received the first shipments of seasonal influenza vaccine for the sixteen counties they serve. "The Center for Disease Control recommends individuals get their flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available. Our vaccine supply will not arrive all at once, therefore, we encourage you to vaccinate early and call your health department to check on vaccine availability," says Dr. Beverley Townsend, District Health Director.
This year residents have several choices of how the vaccine can be administered:
The CDC Recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older, however people in the following high risk group are especially encouraged to receive the flu vaccine.
The pneumonia vaccine may also be available for $65.00 (Medicare and Medicaid accepted) for individuals who have specific risk factors. The cost of the influenza vaccine is $ 26.00. We accept Medicare, Medicare supplements, GA Medicaid, State Health Benefit Plan, cash, checks and in Muscogee County only - credit cards.
Individuals should bring photo identification as well as their GA Medicaid, Medicare, or Medicare Supplement card > with them. At this time, the vaccine will only be available to residents of Georgia.
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