POLK COUNTY - The flu season is quickly approaching, and the Polk County Public Health Department is again sponsoring flu vaccination clinics.
It is best to get flu shots in October or November. However, while supplies last, getting a shot even into January still has preventive value.
The vaccine is recommended for those six months of age and older.
Flu vaccines are $30 each; pneumonia vaccines, $43. For questions about whether a pneumonia vaccine is needed, consult one of the nurses at the flu clinic.
Polk County Public Health is able to bill Medicare, Medicaid, Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon, Regence First Choice 65, Regence Preferred Choice 65, and Providence Medicare Extra. Participants should bring their insurance cards and wear short sleeves.
No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Flu Season prevention tips include washing hands frequently throughout the day, eating healthy foods and staying physically active, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or handkerchief, getting enough rest, and staying home when sick.
For more information: Polk County Health information Line, 503-623-8176.
The flu clinic schedule:
* Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Academy Gym, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.
* Monday, Oct. 8, 1 to 3 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St. S., Monmouth.
* Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., Salemtowne Recreation Hall, 2900 Oakcrest Dr. NW, West Salem.
* Monday, Oct. 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, Grand Ronde.
* Thursday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Polk County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room, Dallas.
* After Nov. 1 and while supplies last, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, on a walk-in basis at Polk County Public Health Department, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 302 in Dallas.