LOUISVILLE, KY - The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will be taking appointments for flu immunizations at four community sites beginning Thursday, September 1. There will also be five walk-in clinics beginning September 15. The Department will also offer flu immunizations to students at all Jefferson County Public Schools beginning in October.
Beginning September 1, flu shots will be available to everyone six months and older at four community sites. Call the clinic site at the phone number listed below to make an appointment.
Dixie Health Center 7219 Dixie Highway 502-937-7277
Neighborhood Place East Health Center 810 Barret Ave 502-574-6638
Middletown Health Center 200 Juneau Drive 502-245-1074
Newburg Health Center 4810 Exeter Avenue 502-458-0778
There will also be five walk-in community flu clinics. No appointments are necessary for these clinics. The schedule is as follows:
September 15 9 a.m. to noon Middletown Health Center 200 Juneau Drive
September 16 9 a.m. to noon Newburg Health Center 4810 Exeter Avenue
September 23 9 a.m. to noon Dixie Health Center 7219 Dixie Highway
September 27 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Urban Government Center 810 Barret Ave
October 2 9 a.m. to noon NIA Center 2900 W. Broadway
Immunization costs will be $25 for injectable (shot) vaccine and $25 for nasal mist. Pediatric preservative-free vaccine will be $27.50 and high-dose vaccine for those age 65 older will be $40. Passport and Medicare will cover the cost for individuals with those insurance plans. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay at the time of service. "We urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu early this season," said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. "The CDC informs us that there will be adequate supplies of vaccine this year."
It is especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. These include:
1. Pregnant women 2. Children younger than age five, but especially children younger than two years old 3. People 50 years of age and older 4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions 5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities 6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
1. Health care workers 2. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu 3. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will also offer flu shots free of charge to students at all Jefferson County Public Schools this year. The nine week campaign will begin on October 13 and run through December 9 with shots being given at each school for one day during that period. More details on the school flu immunization campaign, including the daily schedule will be available next month.
(Source: Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness)
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