STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has two mass flu vaccine clinics scheduled for October. The vaccine, which is free for children ages 18 and under, will be given 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rhinelander High School cafeteria Oct. 19 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at James Williams Middle School chorus room.
OCHD recommends that all people 6 months and older get to flu shot to reduce their chances of getting the flu. Certain people are at higher risk of complications from the flu, including children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes.
For anyone age 19 and older, the flu vaccine is available at the following cost:
$40 : Fluzone Quadrivalent Injectable Vaccine
- Protects against four virus strains, including A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)–like virus, B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage), and B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage).
$73.82 : Fluzone High-Dose Influenza Vaccine
- Available for people age 65 and older. By increasing the antibodies, it is intended to create a stronger immune response in the person getting the vaccine.
- Protects against three virus strains, including A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus, an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)–like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage).
OCHD accepts cash, check and some credit cards and will bill Medicaid, BadgerCare, Medicare and some Medicare replacements. Patients are asked to bring their cards with them.
For more information about the 2017-18 influenza, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm