Local News

Public Health Center to waive certain flu shot costs

Click here for iFriendly audio.

It’s November, it’s chilly outside, and unfortunately—flu season is here.

Every year, a new type of influenza, or flu, vaccine is released.

Mary Thibault is a nurse at the Public Health Center. She says it’s important to get vaccinated early.

“You know, it’s hard to predict what kind of a flu season [it will be]. There was a rash of outbreaks in the Anchorage area last month that people were getting a little nervous about. So, you don’t want to wait until there’s an epidemic and the flu vaccine is less available,” says Thibault.

The vaccine works by helping a person’s body make antibodies for certain strains of the flu virus, which then protect that person from becoming infected.

Typically, it is what’s known as a trivalent vaccine—meaning it targets three strains of the flu.

This year, there is also a quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four different flu viruses.

The Wrangell Public Health Center is carrying this quadrivalent vaccine. One of the strains it vaccinates for is the California H1N1 virus, popularly known as swine flu.

There is a fee for the vaccination, but Thibault says, this year it will be easier for some people to get it.

“The Public Health Center in Wrangell and others around the state are offering to waive the administrative fee for the flu shot so that is a $28 charge,” says Thibault.

Thibault says there are some eligibility requirements that people need to meet to have the fee waived.

However, children who are six months to 35 months old are always eligible.

The waiver is good through December 31st but the shot is available through next year.

To find out if you are eligible to have the fee waived, contact the Public Health Center at 874-3615.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

One year after mine disaster, Wrangellites protest BC mines

A protest in Wrangell on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)
A protest in Wrangell on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a mining disaster in Canada and sought to bring attention to mines being developed across the border from Southeast Alaska. more

Assembly wants alternative to hospital’s request for line of credit

The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday rejected Wrangell Medical Center’s request to seek a line of credit from a bank or financial institution. Instead, the borough plans to set $500,000 aside for the hospital to access quickly in case it runs out of cash. more