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Health office gets start on flu shots


September 13, 2018 | View PDF

Adult flu vaccines have arrived at Whitman County Public Health Offices ahead of the 2018-2019 flu season and they are now administering vaccinations in Colfax and Pullman, according to Community Health Nurse Deanna Claybaugh, LPN.

The department expects children’s vaccines will arrive near the end of September.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was classified as high severity overall and high severity for each age group with record hospitalization rates and high numbers of influenza-associated pediatric deaths. Additionally, mortality attributed to pneumonia and influenza remained above epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks.

Receiving a seasonal flu vaccine each year remains the best way to protect against seasonal influenza and its potentially severe consequences, Claybaugh pointed out.

Following the arrival of this year’s adult flu vaccine, Whitman County Health Department (WCHD) offices in both Pullman and Colfax are now taking appointments to administer adult immunizations or vaccinations in our region, Claybaugh said.

Residents can call either office to schedule appointments. The fee is $25, but WCHD will charge on a sliding scale based on income and no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is no charge for Medicaid or Medicare recipients, however, they will need to bring their card to the office visit.

Additionally, the offices will schedule flu vaccine clinics where health staff members will come to businesses and provide adult vaccinations to employees.

The health department number in Colfax is 509-397-6280. More information about this year’s flu vaccine is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu


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