Health Department flu vaccinations available today, Thursday

The Mesa County Health Department is offering mass influenza vaccinations today and Thursday, noting the county is in the midst of the most active flu period.

Residents can be vaccinated today with an appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Health Department’s Fruita office, 215 N. Plum St., or without an appointment between 5 and 7 p.m. at the main office, 510 29 1/2 Road.

Residents also can be vaccinated Thursday with an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fruita office.

Additional opportunities to get the vaccination are available Monday through Friday at the Health Department office on 29 1/2 Road. Residents should call 248-6900 to schedule an appointment.

The cost of the injectable vaccine is $14.50 to $25, while the nasal mist is $14.50 to $35, depending upon insurance. The Health Department can bill Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Humana, Medicare Part B, Medicaid and CNIC Health Solutions. Residents should bring those insurance cards with them or plan to pay with cash or check.

Health officials say the virus historically is most active in the county from January to March. Two people have been hospitalized in the county with influenza-associated illness so far this year, and a 17-year-old Rifle High School student died from the flu at St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 17.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older receive the vaccine. The 2010–11 vaccine has been updated to protect against the three viruses federal health officials expect will cause the most illness in the country this season.


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