Monday, September 21, 2015

Flu "Shoot-Out" Planned for Washington County

ST. GEORGE, UT The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) will be holding its annual Flu Shoot-Out for Washington County on Tuesday, September 29th at the Red Cliffs Mall.

"This is a convenient way  to get your flu shot and help us practice our mass-vaccination plan," says Paulette Valentine, SWUPHD Emergency Preparedness Director. "We have teamed up with community partners to help our residents get prepared for flu season. The process is quick, easy, inexpensive, or even free if covered by your insurance."

It is currently recommended that everyone over six months of age get immunized; although young children, pregnant women, people over 65 years of age, and anyone with chronic health problems are especially encouraged to do so. Flu activity varies each year, often starting in the fall and peaking in February. Getting vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ Red Cliffs Mall, St. George
          8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Drive-thru for adults 18 and over (mall parking lot)
          1:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Walk-in for all ages (mall Center Court)

Flu vaccine is $20 ($25 for nasal spray version). Cash, check, and credit card are accepted. There is NO CHARGE for the vaccine with proof of the following insurances: Altius, Arches, CHIP, DMBA,  Medicaid, Medicare (depending on HMO), PEHP, Selecthealth, Tall Tree, and United Healthcare. 

You can save time by printing the consent form found at Fill it out and bring it to the Shoot-Out. Don't forget to wear a short-sleeved shirt!

Flu Shoot-Outs for other local counties are scheduled for:
·         Kane County (Saturday, Oct. 10, 9am-1pm, Kanab High School)
·         Garfield County (Thursday, Oct. 15, 11am-3pm, Panguitch Fire Station)
·         Iron County (Saturday, Oct 17, 9am-1pm, Valley View Medical Center Health Fair)