COLUMBUS, GA (WALB) - The flu vaccine is now available at the Columbus Department of Public Health and the 15 counties of the West Central Health District.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all individuals be vaccinated as soon as possible, since the antibodies that provide protection take about two weeks to develop in the body.
"All our county health departments are ready and I encourage everyone to take advantage of our affordable flu vaccine and be vaccinated," says Dr. Beverley Townsend, District Health Director.
- The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, and especially for people in the following groups who are at risk for developing flu complications:
Children younger than 5, and especially younger than two
Adults 65 years of age and older
People who have certain medical conditions, for example, Asthma, Heart Disease, a weakened immune system due to disease or medication
Residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities
The standard flu vaccine is available for only $25. Check with your local health department for availability of the high dose flu shot which is $35. This vaccine is recommended for adults 65 years of age and older, and people with a compromised immune system.
Many insurance plans are also accepted: BCBS PPO, BCBS HMO, BCBS SHBP, Aetna, Coventry, Cigna, UHC SHBP, Amerigroup, PeachState, Wellcare, Medicaid, and Medicare and any Medicare supplement policy.
Dr. Townsend reminds adults that this is also a good time to be immunized and receive vaccinations against other diseases if they have not done so. Vaccines for shingles, pneumonia, and pertussis are also available and recommended.