St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be offering a variety of times for their patients to receive flu vaccinations in the upcoming month.
Flu vaccinations will be offered at the Craigmont Clinic Monday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also be offered at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic Oct. 13 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kamiah Clinic will also provide the shots Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shots will be provided at the Nezperce Clinic Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Grangeville Clinic Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed.
According to Shari Kuther, Director of Physician Clinic Services, the clinics can bill Medicare, Medicaid and Champus so people should bring their proof of insurance cards.
“We cannot bill private insurance unless the patient has verified that their insurance company will cover the cost of the vaccine,” Kuther said. “Those who don’t qualify for the above insurance should bring $35 for a flu shot and $100 if they would like a pneumonia vaccination. Costs are payable at time of visit.”
People who have increased need for flu shots are those in the high risk categories including individuals over the age of 65; residents in long term care facilities, those with compromised immune systems, adults with chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems; including asthma, patients with chronic metabolic diseases, including diabetes, those with kidney disease, women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season and health care workers. The flu vaccine is now recommended for all children starting at age 6 months; not just high risk children.