Influenza -- or flu -- season is right around the corner and the Dyer County Health Department is ready to offer flu vaccines to area residents.
A Mass Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held at the Dyer County Health Department from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This clinic is designed to allow residents to move in and out quickly.
"It takes about two weeks to be protected after you receive the flu vaccine, so it is a good idea to get the vaccine as soon as possible," said Regional Health Officer Shavetta Conner, M.D. "However, we will continue to vaccinate residents through the winter, or as long as we have vaccine available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine as soon as vaccines become available in their community."
Flu shot and/or FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be provided during the vaccination clinic. There will be a charge of $25 for flu shots and $13.70 for FluMist. The cost of vaccines are charged on a sliding fee scale based on income. Payment can be made in the form of cash or check. Medicare and TennCare may also be billed. Private insurance will not be billed.
Vaccines are available in the Mass Flu Vaccine Clinic by appointment only.
The Dyer County Health Department will start booking appointments for the Oct. 3 clinic on Friday, Sept. 28.
Please call the Dyer County Health Department at 285-7311 beginning Sept. 28 to book your appointment.