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Mobile health officials begin giving flu shots Monday

MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The Mobile County Health Department http://familyhealthalabama.org/General/Home.aspx began offering flu shots to the general public Monday

But, before you roll up your sleeve and get yours, we want to alert you about what's new this year.

Mobile County Health Department officials say they've received their supplies of flu vaccine from the state, but there are some changes from last year.

Family Nurse Practitioner Latanja Batain said, "We are not giving the actual live virus, which is the nasal influenza vaccine.  And, also this year, patients with egg allergies can have the immunization for the flu vaccine.  If there is a severe allergy, they just have to have it administered in a health clinic." 

Many people preferred the nasal spray because there were no needles.  

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said studies showed the nasal vaccine's effectiveness in children two to 17 years old last year was only three percent. 

That compared to 63 percent for the injected vaccine.

Local health officials also hope that by not giving the nasal vaccine, which had the actual live virus, side effects may be reduced.

Batain said, "Some people may have just a little mild low grade fever, also just a little small body ache.  You may also see a little runny nose, but, with the actual inactivated virus that we are giving this year,  you should have less symptoms."

County health officials are recommending everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine. 

And they don't have to only go to the main health department building.

Mark Bryant with the health department said, "We distributed the vaccines to all our clinics, so, if someone lives in Citronelle or Semmes, it's not required for them to come downtown to get the shots."

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From the Mobile County Health Department:

The Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, its primary care division, will begin to offer flu shots to the general public starting on Monday, October 17.

The shots will be provided at all clinics conveniently located throughout Mobile County. 

The Urgent Care facility located at our Gorgas Clinic in Downtown Mobile at 251 N. Bayou Street will also offer flu shots during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

For a complete listing of clinic locations and hours of operation, please visit http://FamilyHealthAlabama.org.

If a patient has a scheduled medical visit, the flu shot will be included in their visit and there will not be an additional charge to receive the flu shot on that visit.

Patients who do not have a visit with a Family Health provider in the clinic on the same day will pay a nominal administration fee for the flu shot based on their poverty scale: $15 for levels A and B, $16 for levels C and D; $17 for level E; and $18 for levels F and G. 

Most Insurance plans have no out-of-pocket expense.

 


 

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