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Health Department to offer 3,000 doses of free flu vaccine

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The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department will offer 3,000 doses of free flu vaccine again this year.

Federally funded, the injectable (shot) influenza vaccine will be free of charge to persons ages 19-64 who do not have health insurance.

The Health Department continues to offer flu vaccine to persons covered by Medicare Part B, Blue Advantage, Railroad Medicare, TennCare and those who choose to pay by cash or check. Uninsured and underinsured children can receive vaccine at reduced or no charge.

Residents can schedule flu vaccination appointments by calling one of the following locations between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:

  • Third Street Facility – 209-8050
  • Ooltewah Health Center – 238-4269
  • Sequoyah Health Center – 842-3031
  • Birchwood Health Center – 961-0446

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine are based on the predominantly circulating flu viruses from the previous flu season.

The 2013-2014 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). FluMistTM will contain those plus an additional influenza B virus. It usually takes two-four weeks after the vaccination for protective antibodies to develop. Annual vaccination is necessary, regardless of which strains are in any given year's vaccine.

Flu Vaccine Options:

  • The Health Department offers trivalent injectable (shot) or nasal mist (FluMistTM) vaccine.
  • The federally funded free vaccine is only available as a trivalent injectable (shot) vaccine.
  • The flu shot is approved for people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
  • As an alternative to the flu shot, healthy, non-pregnant, people ages 2 to 49 years may choose the nasal spray vaccine, FluMistTM.

Flu Vaccine Cost:

  • The cost of the flu shot or nasal spray vaccine is $32
  • Pneumonia vaccine is available for $90
  • Flu and pneumonia vaccines combined are $100

The Health Department accepts Medicare Part B, Blue Advantage, Railroad Medicare, TennCare, cash, or check.

Uninsured and underinsured children may receive vaccine at no charge or reduced charged based on a sliding scale.

Uninsured adults, ages 19-64, may receive the federally funded injectable flu vaccine free of charge. For more information visit the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department website.

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