This release sent at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has received additional limited supplies of the seasonal influenza vaccine and is encouraging citizens to get immunized. "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."
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 located in the Hitchcock's shopping plaza (15530 NW US Hwy 441), phone number 386-462-2542. While walk-ins are accepted in Gainesville from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., citizens will need an appointment at the Alachua clinic. Appointments can be made by calling 386-462-2542.
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.
The seasonal flu vaccine is effective against many circulating strains of flu but not against the novel strain of H1N1 Swine Flu. The vaccine that will provide protection against H1N1 Swine Flu is being offered to those most at risk for developing severe complications from influenza related illnesses.
General media inquiries should be directed to Sherry Windham at 352-334-7950.
For more information, visit http://www.alachuacountyhealth.com/.
The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.