This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.
ALACHUA COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) continues to offer the influenza vaccine and encourages residents to take advantage of dwindling supplies. “Receiving an influenza vaccine is the primary preventive measure against influenza infection.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the DOH-Alachua. “In addition to getting a flu shot, staying home when ill, practicing proper cough etiquette and washing your hands are effective personal means to protect yourself and the community from a variety of illnesses.”
Flu shots are being offered at the Health Department’s main clinic in Gainesville located at 224 SE 24th Street, phone number (352) 334-7950, the City of Alachua satellite clinic located in the Hitchcock’s shopping plaza located at 15530 NW US Hwy 441, phone number (386) 462-2542, and the SW Clinic located at 816 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville, phone number (352) 225-4320. Walk-ins are accepted at the Gainesville site, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required at the Alachua and S.W. Clinics.
This year’s flu vaccine is effective against the major circulating strains of flu. The cost for the vaccine is $25.00. If citizens have Medicare part B, there is no charge if they bring their Medicare B card and any supplemental insurance cards with them. Citizens who normally receive their vaccines from providers other than the Health Department should contact them for vaccine availability. Those between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured, have Medicaid or an insurance that does not cover the immunization may receive the vaccine at the Alachua County Health Department at no cost to them.
For more information, including forms to expedite your visit, visit theFlorida Department of Health in Alachua County’s website.
For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Senior RN Supervisor Michael Smith at 352-334-8827.