County health board updated on flu vaccinations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees received an update on 2011 flu vaccinations at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 15.

Carol Landstad, public health program coordinator, reported that the local health department received 2,000 doses of the flu vaccine. Around 1,900 doses are still available.

"It is not too soon to get your flu shot," said Landstad. "The vaccinations just shipped earlier this year, because there were no flu delays or manufacturing problems. We have vaccinations for children and adults available."

Flu shots will be administered at the Cassville and Monett offices from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday through Friday. The Cassville office is located at 65 Main St., and the Monett office is located on Highway 37 south.

No appointments are necessary. Vaccinations are available to anyone who is 6 months of age or older. The cost for the flu vaccine is $20. The health department will accept Medicare.

Landstad also reported that the state has decreased the number of different types of vaccines that will be available to health departments. The change was made due to funding cuts.

Landstad plans to contact the Crowder College Cassville Campus to determine which vaccinations are needed for the nursing program. The local health department will attempt to offer the vaccines that are required.

In other business, the health board:

* Directed Roger Brock, health department administrator, to make a change to the personnel manual.

* Voted to leave the mileage reimbursement rate at 50 cents per mile.

* Approved the environmental report, which showed that seven wastewater systems were permitted and 54 food inspections and two childcare inspections were conducted in August.

* Reviewed the service fees, which were $8,412.85 for the month of August.

* Approved the service counts, which were 1,346 for the Cassville office and 2,472 for the Monett office.

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