Time for flu shots

With winter on its way, its time once again for Island County residents to roll up their sleeves and get a pretty poke of preventative medicine.

In anticipation of coming flu and pneumonia season, Island County Health Department and Whidbey General Hospital are co-sponsoring annual flu clinics where folks hoping to head off “the grippe” (a.k.a. influenza) can receive vaccinations for $12 a pop.

All clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at rotating locations around the island beginning next week and running through late November. People with Medicare (Part B) coverage will not be charged for either flu or pneumonia vaccinations; otherwise, Medicare will be billed directly. Cards absolutely must be shown at time of service. Medicaid will also be billed directly, and health officials request that patients hand over their medical coupons at the clinics.

Here’s the scoop, then: Oak Harbor residents can get shot up, medically speaking, either on Wednesday, Oct. 23, or Friday, Nov. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (201 NE O’Leary). Coupeville clinics are scheduled to be open on Friday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Coupeville Rec Hall (901 NW Alexander).

County health officials will continue to administer flu vaccines for as long as supplies last. At the conclusion of scheduled clinics, flu shots will continue to be doled out at regularly scheduled Immunization Clinics in Oak Harbor (Wednesdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; N. Whidbey Resource Center, 1791 NE First Ave) and Coupeville (Mondays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; 410 N. Main).

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