vaccine available through SMH clinics
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics has received their allotment of flu vaccine. No appointments are necessary at their Cottonwood, Nezperce or Craigmont clinics. Walk ins are accepted. However, appointments should be made at the Kamiah Medical Clinic, according to Shari Kuther, RN.
“We’ve scheduled an extra nurse during business hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Cottonwood Clinic so we’re encouraging people to drop in during those times,” said Kuther. “Receiving a flu shot at this time means people should be protected to the end of flu season.”
Those who should receive flu shots are people in the high risk categories including those over the age of 65; residents of long term care facilities; those with compromised immune systems; children and 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.
Flu shots are also available from the health department and in a variety of other local locations.
SMHC can bill Medicare and Medicaid. “Patients should bring their Medicare or Medicaid card when they come in to receive their flu shot,” said Kuther. “We cannot bill private insurances so those who don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid should bring $30 for a flu shot and $45 if they would like a pneumonia vaccination.”
The SMH Nezperce Medical Clinic is open on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. The Craigmont Medical Clinic is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.