Archive for Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Flu shot clinic in Basehor

January 5, 2005

Chieftain-Sentinel staff
The same medical group that administered flu vaccinations in December at Basehor City Hall is scheduled to do the same this weekend at Community National Bank.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8, health professionals from Wyandotte Occupational Health Services, Inc., a Kansas City, Kan., company will administer flu vaccinations.
This time, the health staff will have relaxed guidelines for who is allowed the vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control dictates who may receive the flu vaccinations. The guidelines were recently broadened to include people over the age of 50 as well as anyone who comes in close contact with persons in a high-risk group.

According to the CDC, the following patients are also eligible for vaccinations:

  • Children ages 6 to 23 months.
  • People 2 years old or older who have an underlying, long-term illness, metabolic disease, kidney disease, a blood disorder or a weakened immune system.
  • Women who will be pregnant.
  • People who live in nursing homes or other chronic-care places.
  • People who are 6 months to 18 years of age, and who take aspirin daily.
  • Health care workers who take care of patients.
  • People who have or take care of a baby under 6 months old.

Previous guidelines stated only health care workers, care-takers of patients in a high-risk group or people over the age of 65 could receive the vaccinations.

Also available Saturday will be a flu mist, which people between the ages of 5 and 49 will be eligible to receive.

The prices for Saturday's clinic are $20 for a flu shot, $25 for the flu mist, $35 for a pneumonia shot and $25 for a tetanus shot. A pneumonia shot is only needed once in a lifetime, unless the patient is older than 65 and received a first shot more than five years ago. A tetanus shot is required once every 10 years.

Medicare will be accepted Saturday but patients must bring their cards for verification. Also accepted will be Coventry Insurance vouchers.

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