The Dubois County Health Department’s adult and pediatric seasonal flu vaccine is available daily from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Available again this year will be the High Dose Influenza vaccine for those over the age of 65.
The health department says human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places the elderly at greater risk of severe illness from influenza.
The Health Department is partnering with VaxCare, which will submit claims to certain private insurance companies and Medicare Part B. All Medicare and insurance cards must be presented at the time of service. Most insurance plans and Medicare Part B cover flu as preventative health.
To prevent the flu it is recommended that children and the elderly should get a vaccination each fall. No prescription is required and no appointment is necessary. Pneumonia vaccine is also available. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
For more information, contact the Dubois County Health Department at 812-481-7050 or