On Monday Oct. 7, clinics will begin influenza vaccinations at County Health Departments throughout the state.
The flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. A wide variety of flu vaccines are available this year, quadrivalent and trivalent vaccines are just a few.
Quadrivalent vaccines provide protection against four strains of flu, and offer more protection.
Public health officials recommend the trivalent vaccine if the quadrivalent vaccines are not available.
County health departments will have the following types of flu vaccine available:
- Traditional three-strain injectable flu vaccine
- Quadrivalent (four-strain) injectable flu vaccine
- Nasal spray flu vaccine for people ages 2 through 49 years who are not at high risk of complications from flu and who are not pregnant
- High-dose three-strain injectable flu vaccine for persons age 65 years and older
County health departments accept cash, checks or credit cards and will provide flu vaccine according to the following fee schedule:
- No charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
- No charge for adults 65 years of age and older. Medicare will be billed for the vaccine and the administration fee. Adults 65 and older should bring their Medicare Card.
- No charge for children who have no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccines, are on SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaska natives.
- No cost for anyone 6 months through 64 years of age with Health Choice Insurance.
- Children and adults with health insurance that covers vaccines and those with incomes above 185 percent of the poverty level will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the vaccine