Flu vaccine

The Teton County Public Health Department will offer a vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 460 E. Pearl Avenue. The clinic will be open from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15.

It’s that season again. No, not ski season — that’s still weeks, if not months, away.

First comes flu season.

The Teton County Health Department announced Monday that its walk-in clinic for flu shots will be open from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15, offering residents the chance to inoculate themselves against the seasonal disease that affects millions of Americans each year. The Health Department will have the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against two influenza A and two influenza B strains.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have broad recommendations for who should be vaccinated.

“CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, influenza vaccine that is appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status,” the agency’s website states.

The Health Department’s flu clinic will also have high-dose vaccines for those over 65, or anyone who would like a vaccine. People who want a vaccine and a flu shot must make an appointment with the department.

Patients can pay in a variety of ways. Those who pay with cash, check or credit card the day they receive their shot will cough up $30. The department also will bill insurance for people whose coverage includes flu shots. Patients whose insurance denies the charge for the flu shot will have to pay the department $45 — $25 for the shot and $20 for an administrative fee.

Questions can be directed to the Health Department at 733-6401. Patients who want to visit another provider for their flu shot can ask their doctor for a list of places where they can go to get one.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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