Flu vaccine is still available

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Barry County Health Department still has over 450 flu vaccinations available at its offices in Cassville, said Kathleen King, health depart-ment director.

"Flu season is not over," said King. "People still have the potential to get the flu at this point in the season."

Earlier this year, the Missouri Department of Health approached the local health department with a special program for people working in the poultry agriculture business, said King.

The Barry County department was asked to give flu vaccinations to local residents who deal with any aspect of the poultry business.

The department admini-stered vaccinations to poultry processors, their family members, poultry transporters and employees working in the local poultry plants.

Some companies admini-stered the vaccine to employees with in-house health profes-sionals. The health department charged a $5 fee for each on-site vaccination it administered.

Around 450 vaccinations remain after all area poultry processing employees were vaccinated, said King. The remaining flu vaccines are now available to local residents. People at greatest risk of acquiring the flu could be revaccinated at this point in the season, said John Starchman, Barry County Health Depart-ment Board of Trustees chairman. Individuals should consult with a physician before being revaccinated.

The flu vaccine will be administered to local residents for a cost of $15. The health department will bill Medicare for reimbursement for patients with Medicare Part B insurance.

Flu immunizations are given at the health department headquarters in Cassville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The Monett office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

For more information, call the Cassville office at 847-2114 or the Monett office at 417-354-8686.

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