Infuenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)

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What Is Influenza?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

Flu Symptoms
Fever – Characteristic, high (102-104 F); lasts 3-4 days
Headaches – Prominent
General Aches/Pains – Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness – Can last 2 to 3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion – Early and prominent
Chest Discomfort, Cough – Common; can become severe
Sneezing – Sometimes
Sore Throat – Sometimes
Stuffy Nose – Sometimes

Complications

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can become life threatening

Prevention

Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines. Wash hands frequently, cover cough or sneeze, avoid contact with others if you are sick

Treatment

antiviral medicines (see your doctor)

Rambo Memorial Health Center provides influenza vaccine according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu shots will be available when the vaccine arrives (usually in September of each year). Flu shots are given in the clinic on a daily basis from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon – Fri. Special weekend hours are observed to assist those persons unable to visit the clinic during regular business hours  (Call for those hours). Flu shots are $5 for Muskingum County residents, $20 for out of county residents.

The flu shot will be billed to certain Medicare and Medicaid plans, with which we participate. Otherwise, if you cannot afford the fee, we recommend you please take advantage of the services of a local pharmacy for your vaccination, as they participate with almost all providers.

We pariticpate with the following providers:

  • Traditional Medicare Part B
  • Humana Medicare
  • Medigold Medicare

Special arrangements can be made by business and industry for on-site flu shots; providing enough of your staff are interested and requested time is available. We also provide home-bound patients with in-home service. Please call to make arrangements.