Flu shots available

Around 175 residents took advantage of the convenient drive-up format offered at the “Café Influenza” flu shot clinic held at North Big Horn Hospital last week. The clinic will be offered again on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the clinic. The clinic is convenient because individuals can stay in their vehicle, while hospital personnel come out to them to administer the shot. The cost is $20 per shot with payment due at the time of service. Medicare and Medicaid patients need to bring their beneficiary card at the time of service. Children under 18 need an appointment. Other age groups do not.[caption id="attachment_1779" align="alignright" width="185" caption="Dan McCune of Cowley got a flu shot administered by RN JoDawn Leonhardt at the “drive by” flu shot clinic held at North Big Horn Hospital last week. Patti Carpenter photo"][/caption]The Senior Citizens Center in Lovell is also offering a walk-in flu shot clinic on Friday, Oct. 14. The cost is also $20 per shot and Medicare and Medicaid patients need to follow the same procedure as above. The clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Shots will be administered by a public health nurse. The pneumonia vaccine will also be available for $50. Medicare will pay for one dose of this vaccine for those who are eligible.The public health department will also be offering shots by appointment. To make an appointment call 548-6591.The immunizations are delivered in two ways, either as a shot or inhaled. The inhaled version is not egg based like the shot version but contains a live virus. The inhaled version is recommended only for healthy individuals within a certain age range. Individuals should consult their health care provider about which version of the immunization would be best for them, especially if they are allergic to eggs.By Patti Carpenter – Reporter