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New Hanover Co. Health Dept. to offer flu vaccines starting Sept. 18

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It may still be summer, but flu season is just around the corner. To get ready, the New Hanover County Health Department will begin offering flu shots Tuesday, September 18.

The shots are available by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and until 4:15 p.m. on Friday. Appointments can be made by calling (910) 798-6646.

The Health Department says its goal is to get patients in and our in 20 minutes or less. The staff will also provide the vaccine to anyone with mobility issues in the comfort of their automobile.

You do not have to be a New Hanover County resident to get a flu shot at the Health Department.

If your church, civic group or business is interested in the Health Department offering a flu clinic at your location, call (910) 798-6529. The Health Department will bring the flu clinic to groups of 20 or more persons.

This year the Health Department is accepting Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Health Choice, cash, check, Visa/MasterCard (credit or debit).

There is also a new recommendation for receiving Pneumovax (the pneumonia shot). Adult tobacco smokers, ages 19 years and older, are now being urged to receive the vaccine, since they are at a heightened risk for respiratory infection. Pneumovax vaccinations should be separated by five years and you should only receive two in your lifetime. People in good health and do not smoke usually receive one Pneumovax vaccination at age 65 years or older.

For current information on the Flu Clinic at New Hanover County Health Department, call (910) 798-6676. This information line will be updated as necessary throughout the flu season.

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