UT offers public flu shot clinicsWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Toledo will offer three public flu clinics to help lessen the health effects of this common virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36,000 people die and 200,000 are hospitalized in the United States each year due to flu-related complications.
According to a news release, public clinics at UT are scheduled Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 (all Wednesdays) from 4 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Richard D. Ruppert Health Center on UT’s Health Science Campus, located at 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo.
The clinics are sponsored in conjunction with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
Some health plans cover a portion or the entire cost of influenza injections. Personnel from the health department will bill those with Medicare part B, Ohio Medicaid and Paramount coverage. The cost for participants without coverage is $20, payable at the time of immunization, according to the release.
Pneumonia vaccinations also will be available to the public for $40 per injection. As with flu shots, insurance coverage is dependent upon individuals’ specific health plans.
Who should be vaccinated?
In general, the CDC recommends that anyone who’d like to reduce his risk of getting the flu be vaccinated. However, those in the following groups are advised to receive vaccinations due to medical conditions or proximity to others at higher-risk of contracting the flu:
Children ages six months to 19 years
People age 50 and older
People with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease and immune system illnesses (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis)
People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high-risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, home-based caregivers and those who have regular contact with children
Consult your family physician before you receive a flu shot if any of the below conditions apply:
Egg, egg product or thimersol allergy
Exposure to Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Active, unstable neurological disease
Fever at the time of immunization
For more information about the public clinics at UT, contact the health department at (419) 213-4100.