Flu vaccinations will be offered at the Grangeville Clinic on Thursday, October 2nd from 9:00 to 12:00. They will also be offered at the Kamiah Medical Clinic on October 2nd and October 3rd from 9:00 to 12:00. The Craigmont Clinic will provide the shots on Friday, October 3rd from 9:00 to 3:00. Shots will be provided at the Cottonwood Clinic on October 6th and October 7th from 9:00 to 3:00 and at the Nezperce Clinic on October 20th from 9:00 to 3:00. No appointment is needed.
According to Shari Kuther, Director of Physician Clinic Services, the clinics can bill Medicare, Medicaid and Champus so people should bring their proof of insurance cards. “We cannot bill private insurance unless the patient has verified that their insurance company will cover the cost of the vaccine. Those who don’t qualify for the above insurance should bring $35 for a flu shot and $100 if they would like a pneumonia vaccination. Costs are payable at time of visit.”
People who have increased need for flu shots are those in the high risk categories including individuals over the age of 65; residents in long term care facilities, those with compromised immune systems, 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. The flu vaccine is now recommended for all children starting at age 6 months; not just high risk children.