Flu, pneumonia vaccines available

The Dubois County Health Department’s adult and pediatric seasonal flu vaccines are available daily from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The pneumonia vaccine also is available. No prescription is required and no appointment is necessary.

A high-dose influenza vaccine for those older than 65 will be available again this year. Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza.

The Health Department is partnering with VaxCare, which will submit claims to certain private insurance companies and Medicare Part B. All Medicare and insurance cards must be presented at the time of service.

The health department recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important that certain people at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or who live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications get vaccinated. This includes children younger than age 5 but especially children younger than 2 years old, adults 65 or older and pregnant women.

People who have medical conditions, including chronic lung disease, asthma (even if it’s controlled or mild), heart disease, diabetes, smokers and weakened immune system due to disease or medication, also should be vaccinated, as should people who live in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities; people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers; household contacts of people at high risk for complications from the flu; household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months of age. Children younger than 6 months are at highest risk of flu-related complications but are too young to get vaccinated.

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