Seasonal Flu Shot Appointments Available

The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is now scheduling appointments for seasonal flu shots.  Appointments are available by calling the CCPHSD Flu Information Line at 928.679.7300, tollfree at 1.877.679.7272.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  It’s recommended that everyone 6 months old and over get a flu shot.
 
The cost for a flu shot at a CCPHSD Clinic is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 18 and under.  As a courtesy, the Health District will bill your insurance company.  Please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.  Bring your insurance card with you.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
 
By getting a flu shot, you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re helping to protect your family, friends and loved ones.  This year’s seasonal influenza vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including the H1N1 flu virus.
 
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flurelated complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flurelated complications:
 
1. Pregnant women
 
2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
 
3. People 50 years of age and older
 
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
 
5. People who live in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities
 
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
 
7. Health care workers
 
8. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
 
9. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
 
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm for more information.
 
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
 
In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, good health habits will help you stay well. These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you and others from getting sick:
 
–  Wash your hands frequently during the flu season.
 
–  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
 
–  Avoid contact with people who are sick.
 
–  Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
 
–  Don’t share eating utensils, cups, and straws.
 
–  Stay home when you are sick.
 
Adult pneumonia vaccinations will be available at all CCPHSD flu vaccination clinics.  They are recommended for adults 65 years of age or older and people with certain medical conditions.  The cost for a pneumonia vaccination is $30.00.
 
Additional information and updated clinic schedules are available at www.coconino.az.gov/health.
 
Help Stop the Spread of Illness. Protect yourself and the ones you love… schedule a flu shot today.  Contact your health care provider or call the Coconino County Public Health Services District Flu Information Line at 928.679.7300 or tollfree at 1.877.679.7272.

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