August 26, 2009 in City

Health district offers vaccinations against flu

From Staff Reports
 

At a glance

Targeted

Flu vaccinations are recommended for:

Pregnant women.

Health care workers.

People older than 50.

People with chronic health conditions, or who are medically vulnerable to influenza, and their caregivers.

Shots are also recommended for children, but the health district currently is vaccinating only adults 19 and older. Parents should call their health care provider if they are seeking shots for their children.

Seasonal flu shots are now available through the Spokane health district.

Officials are recommending the shots prior to flu season, which could come as early as October.

The Spokane Regional Health District is offering the shots by appointment.

Getting a flu shot early in the season should help spread out demand for any subsequent effort to vaccinate people against swine flu, district spokeswoman Julie Graham said in a press release.

A separate vaccine for swine flu is being developed and should be available this fall.

To schedule an appointment for a $20 seasonal flu shot, call the health district at (509) 324-1600.

The clinic, 1101 W. College Ave., can bill Medicare and Medicaid for most people who have such coverage.

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