Health department continues to administer flu vaccine

The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD) will be administering flu vaccine on Wednesdays during regular immunization clinic. A special flu clinic will be on Friday, Oct. 21, from 8-11:30 a.m.; the cost for the flu vaccine is $20. Medicare patients are reminded to bring their Medicare (Part B) cards, and any Medicare supplement insurance. Pneumonia shots are available for $60. Children are eligible to receive the flu vaccine through the Texas Vaccine for Children Program for $6. Regular immunization hours at the SNCHD are 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m., and the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m.The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. In the absence of vaccine, there are other ways to protect against flu; antiviral medications can be used.Other flu prevention tips: • Avoid close contact — Avoid people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.• Stay home when you are sick — If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.• Cover your mouth and nose — Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.• Clean your hands — Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.Family Planning services are available through several funding sources. Services include pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy testing, and methods of birth control, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. For an appointment call 235-2869.The health department will be participating in the Nolan County Health Fair on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Center at Texas State Technical College. Residents of Nolan County are encouraged to visit the different booths available. There is no cost to attend and door prizes will be given away.For more information about the services offered at the health department, visit the health department's web site at Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age.