Vermillion Medical Clinic schedules flu shot clinic The Vermillion Medical Clinic will hold its annual influenza (flu) shot clinic on Oct. 28, 29, 30 and Nov. 4.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for:
* Persons 50 years and older.
* Residents of long-term care facilities housing persons with chronic medical conditions.
* People who have long-term health problems with heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, diabetes, asthma, anemia and other blood disorders.
* People with a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system, long-term treatment with drugs such as steroids, cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs.
* People 6 months to 18 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy (these people could develop Reye Syndrome if they catch influenza).
* Pregnant women who will be past the third month of pregnancy during the flu season (usually November-March, but past March in some years).
* Physicians, nurses, family members or anyone else coming in close contact with people at risk of serious influenza.
An annual flu shot is also encouraged for:
* Healthy children 6-23 months of age.
* Household contacts and out-of-home caretakers of infants from 0-23 months of age, especially those younger than 6 months.
* People who provide essential community services.
* People at high risk for flu complications who travel to the Southern hemisphere between April and September, or who travel to the tropics or in organized tourist groups at any time.
* People living in dormitories or under other crowded conditions, to prevent outbreaks.
* Anyone else who wants to reduce the chance of catching influenza.
The cost of the influenza vaccine is $18. Medicare patients, please bring your Medicare numbers. We will also file to private insurance. If you have any question as to whether you are at high risk, please ask your physician.