|Flu season approaching, Chase County Clinic awaits vaccine|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:20|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
It’s about that time of year again. People are starting to think about obtaining influenza shots for the upcoming season, which runs until about February.
The Chase County Clinic has not yet received its shipment of the quad shot, which addresses four strains of flu.
A delay in shipment has been blamed, but the clinic hopes to begin giving the shots Oct. 15. A baby nasal immunization has also been ordered.
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) does have vaccines, including a new one for people who are allergic to eggs. This shot doesn’t contain any preservatives.
Clinics are being held at several locations in the eight-county SWNPHD area, which includes Chase. For information contact the office at (308) 345-4223, or go to the office at 404 W. 10th St. in McCook.
SWNPHD will bill insurance companies for flu shots or patients can pay with cash for the discount rate of $25.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every person six months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best protection against flu and flu-related complications.
It takes approximately two weeks to receive complete immunity from influenza after receiving the vaccine.