ELIZABETHTOWN, NC.–With the upcoming flu season expected to coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bladen County Health Department is now offering flu shots daily. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone 6 months of age to get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their communities from vaccine-preventable illnesses.
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches,headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).
Some people with the flu will not have a fever. To learn more about Flu Symptoms
& Complications visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm
Who can get a flu shot? The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 month receives a flu
shot-our clinic at the Bladen County Health Department can provide flu vaccines for anyone 6
months of age and older. The flu shot is free, no cost to the patient, with most insurances.
Individuals should take extra caution in preventing transmission–especially to those who are at
the highest risk for complications from the flu.
- Get vaccinated!
- Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep surfaces that may have flu germs on them cleaned and disinfected.
The health department currently accepts the following insurances: Medcost, Blue Cross Blue
Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The cost of the vaccine without one of the insurances mentioned above will be as follows:
High Dose-Ages 65 and older-$70.00*
High Dose Vaccine-Ages 50-64-$70.00*
Flu (Regular) Vaccine-$45.00*
*Plus a $25 admin fee for each vaccine. The prices were updated from the first publication due to error in pricing.