Health Department offering flu shots

Flu vaccines are now available at the Mesa County Health Department.

Walk-in influenza vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department’s Fruita location, 215 N. Plum St.

The vaccine comes in a nasal mist or shot form. The nasal vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for children younger than 2 years old, adults older than 50, pregnant women, people with an egg allergy and people who have a condition that increases their risk for influenza complications. A flu shot costs $20 at the Health Department and a nasal vaccine is $25 at the time of the vaccination.

Both forms of vaccination have increased by $5 in cost this flu season compared to last flu season. Insurance may cover the cost of either vaccine and insured Mesa County residents are encouraged to bring their insurance cards when they get a flu vaccine.

The CDC recommends anyone older than 6 months of age receive a seasonal flu vaccination.

This year’s flu vaccine guards against three common strains of influenza: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B. It takes an estimated two weeks for a person to develop an immune response to these types of the flu following vaccination.

Flu season typically begins in October and lasts through May in the United States.

For more information, visit health.mesacounty.us or call the Health Department at 248-6900.


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