Flu shots still available in county

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By Kristin Beck

For those hoping to avoid catching the flu this season, the flu shot is still available at several locations in Carroll County.

This year’s strand of seasonal influenza vaccine is estimated to be 62 percent effective, indicating moderate effectiveness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC used data from 1,155 children and adults with acute respiratory infection to estimate the overall effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Where to go and
what you need to know

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Penick

• About 600 doses of the flu vaccine was on hand Friday, Jan. 18

• Must have doctor’s order, which can be faxed, so it can be billed to insurance agency or cost is $25

• Available at central registration Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

• Recommended for those with chronic illnesses, children and elderly


Three Rivers District Health Department

Nursing Supervisor Denise Bingham
• Call ahead to make sure there are flu shots available and a nurse is available

• Flu shot availability varies

• Flu mist recommended for those 3-49 yeas old; 100 doses of flu mist available to be shared among three counties

• Flu shot, mist free to those living in Carroll, Owen, Gallatin or Pendleton counties; otherwise, cost is $25



Pharmacist Chad Franklin

• About 40 doses of flu shot, likely the last supply they will receive

• $25 cash, but some insurances will pay for it

• No cost for those with Medicaid Part B

• No prescription necessary

• Pharmacy is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.


Rite Aid

Pharmacist Mike Gruber

• About 30 doses of flu shot in store now, but can get more

• Current strand recommended for those 9 years old and older

• $25 cash, but most insurances will pay for it

• No prescription necessary

• Pharmacy is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-6 p.m.