2012-2013 Seasonal Flu Shot information
The Mobile County Health Department will offer the 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine to people 6 months of age and older without an appointment Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Health Department's Immunization Clinic at 251 N. Bayou St. The shots are available by appointment at the Health Department's outlying clinics. Appointments can be made by calling 690-8889.
The shots are $15 each payable in the exact amount by cash or check, or by using Medicaid or Medicare Part B.
The 2012-2013 flu vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that contains killed viruses and is given with a needle. It contains three seasonal influenza viruses that are grown in eggs. The vaccine will protect against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. They are A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2), and B/Wisconsin/1/2010, Yamagata lineage.
People 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, health care personnel, and close contacts of children younger than 6 months.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination
- People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
- People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever
Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer, advises people to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of colds and flu this season:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have tissue, cough and sneeze into your upper arm or sleeve.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading germs to others.
For more information, call the Health Department's Immunization Clinic at 690-8821.
Community Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics