This year the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department will offer 3000 doses of federally funded injectable (shot) influenza vaccine free of charge to persons ages 19-64 who do not have health insurance. The Health Department continues to offer flu vaccine to persons covered by Medicare Part B, Blue Advantage, Railroad Medicare, TennCare and those who choose to pay by cash or check. Uninsured and underinsured children can receive vaccine at reduced or no charge.
“We encourage anyone without health insurance to take advantage of this opportunity and protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu,” said Nettie Gerstle, communicable disease program manager at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. “As we saw last year, flu season can be unpredictable,” Ms. Gerstle said.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get their yearly flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated against influenza has been shown to offer substantial benefits including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations, and deaths.
“It is important for the public to understand that some people are at a high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. That’s why it is important to be vaccinated every year as soon as the vaccine is available,” Ms. Gerstle said. Residents can schedule flu vaccination appointments by calling one of the following locations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.:
? Third Street Facility – 209-8050
? Ooltewah Health Center – 238-4269
? Sequoyah Health Center – 842-3031
? Birchwood Health Center – 961-0446