This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) is offering influenza vaccine to citizens 18 years of age and older starting Monday September 19, 2011. Flu shots are being offered at the Health Department’s main Gainesville clinic (224 SE 24th Street, phone number 352-334-7950), and the City of Alachua satellite clinic (in the Hitchcock’s shopping plaza, 15530 NW US Hwy 441, phone number 386-462-2542). Walk-ins are accepted at the Gainesville site, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Citizens will need an appointment at the Alachua clinic and these can be made by calling 386-462-2542.
“Receiving an influenza vaccine is a primary preventive measure against influenza infection.” stated Jean Munden, Administrator of the ACHD. “In addition to getting a flu shot, staying home when ill, practicing proper cough etiquette and washing your hands are effective personal means to protect yourself and the community from a variety of illnesses.”
This year’s flu vaccine is effective against the major circulating strains of flu, including H1N1 Swine Flu. The cost for the vaccine is $25.00. If citizens have Medicare part B, there is no charge as long as they bring their Medicare B card and any supplemental insurance cards with them. Citizens who normally receive their vaccines from providers other than the Health Department should contact them for vaccine availability.
For general media inquiries contact Sherry Windham at 352-334-7950.
For more information, including forms to expedite your visit, please review our website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdalachua/clinicfamilyhealth/immunizations.htm.
The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.