Flu vaccine

The Teton County Public Health Department will offer a flu vaccine clinic at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole on Oct. 1, in addition to offering the shots at the department’s clinic beginning Sept. 22.

People interested in getting their flu vaccines may do so at the Teton County Health Department’s clinic beginning Sept. 22, by appointment Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination may also do so at the same appointment, according to a release from the health department. Appointment times will be open starting on Monday at 9 a.m.

Health Department Director Jodie Pond and other county health officials are strongly encouraging people to get their flu vaccines this year.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever and will help protect yourself, your family and your community,” Pond wrote in the release. “A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems as they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and will save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.”

Mercury- and preservative-free quadrivalent vaccines, which protect against four strains of the flu virus, will be available. People age 65 and older are eligible for a high-dose influenza vaccine, which will also be available at the health department’s ongoing clinic, according to the release.

Also, on Friday, Oct. 1, the health department will hold a flu vaccine clinic at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are also needed for vaccinations at the senior center. Anyone with questions about the vaccines or needing assistance making an appointment is asked to call 307-732-8628.

Payment is required to receive the flu vaccine, and ranges from $25 for the regular dose vaccine to $55 for the high-dose vaccine, according to the health department’s website. Most major insurance is accepted, including Medicare.

The health department also points out that other area pharmacies have flu vaccines available now, in addition to the department’s clinic. St. John’s Health offices also have vaccines readily available.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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