Flu Shot Clinic

Prowers County Public Health & Environment would like to announce their annual flu shot clinics for 2019.

Injectable Quadrivalent Vaccine will be available for both children and adults including High Dose vaccine for adults >65 years of age. Nasal vaccine will not be available.Why should you people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Can I get seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year?

Yes. It’s possible to get sick with flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test). This is possible for the following reasons:

  • You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you. (Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.)
  • You may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. There are many different flu viruses that circulate every year. A flu vaccine is made to protect against the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • Unfortunately, some people can become infected with a flu virus a flu vaccine is designed to protect against, despite getting vaccinated. Protection provided by flu vaccination can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors of the person getting vaccinated. In general, a flu vaccine works best among healthy younger adults and older children. Some older people and people with certain chronic illnesses may develop lessimmunity after vaccination. Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection.Who should get vaccinated this season?Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for all persons aged >6 months who do not have contraindications. In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year either because theyare at high risk, have had serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high risk persons. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at higher risk for medical complica- tions attributable to severe influenza. Below is a list of all the health and age factors that are known to increase a person’s risk of getting serious complications from the flu:
  • Asthma
  • Neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions
  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
  • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
  • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  • People who are obese with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
  • People younger than 19 years of age on long-term aspirin- or salicylate-containing medications.
  • People with a weakened immune system due to disease (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or some cancers such as leukemia) or medications (such as those receiving chemotherapy or radiation treat- ment for cancer, or persons with chronic conditions requiring chronic corticosteroids or otherdrugs that suppress the immune system)

Other people at high risk from the flu:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 2 years old1
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

1 Although all children younger than 5 years old are considered at high risk for serious flu complications, thehighest risk is for those younger than 2 years old, with the highest hospitalization and death rates among infants younger than 6 months oldThe flu vaccinations is covered as a wellness benefit under almost insurance plans, however if you are uninsured, Prowers County Public Health & Environment has a limited supply of flu vaccine free ofcharge. A limited number of Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available through a Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) for adults at no charge. Qualifications for a free vaccination through the CSBG grant include; must currently reside in Prowers County, must be a US citizen or a lawfully permanent or present resident pursuant to Federal Law, and have an income at 125% ofpoverty level or below. Any resident of Prowers County who would like to participate will be required to complete a short form at the time of the clinic.Those residents who are homebound and cannot physically attend a clinic please call our office to be placed on a list to receive a flu vaccination in your home. If you should have any questions, concerns, or for further information please feel free to call Prowers County Public Health & Environment at 336-8721.Below is the schedule for flu shot clinics around the community through November.

Prowers County Public Health & Environment

 Flu Clinic Sites and Schedule

 

Monday, October 14th                               Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-4pm (open during lunch)

**Come get your flu shot in our tent outside-located on the grass in front of the County Annex Building

 

Tuesday, October 22nd                               Granada School and Community

9am-4pm

Holly Senior Center

5pm-6:30pm

 

Friday, October 25th                                    Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm


Wednesday, October 23rd                         Lamar Senior and Resource Center

11am—12pm

Wiley Community Center

5pm - 6:30pm

 

Friday, October 25th                                    Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm

 

Thursday, October 31st                              Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm

 

Friday, November 8th                                 Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm

 

Thursday, November 14th                         Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm

 

Tuesday, November 19th                           Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm

 

Tuesday, November 26th                          Prowers County Public Health & Environment

9am-12pm   1pm - 4pm