Flu Vaccine Arrives at Spokane Regional Health District
Flu shots remain best way to protect self, loved ones
SPOKANE, Wash. – Sept 1, 2011 – Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) announced today the arrival of its first shipment of seasonal flu vaccine, now available through the SRHD Public Health Clinic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get immunized against flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Last flu season, 146 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County. SRHD reminds residents that a flu shot is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against the flu, but their loved ones as well.
Appointments for the SRHD Public Health Clinic can be made by calling (509) 324-1600. The clinic is located at 1101 W. College Ave in Spokane. The fee for a flu shot is $27, adult or child. Fees for children may be adjusted based on income and family size. The clinic also offers high-dose vaccine for those 65 years and older for $47. The clinic accepts cash and credit cards. Medicaid and Medicare may cover the cost—ask when making your appointment.
Vaccine is also being offered by many local health care provider offices, pharmacies and grocery stores. More flu information can be heard on the SRHD flu hotline, (509) 324-1643, or at www.srhd.org. The site also offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community.