Influenza Clinics for 2008-2009

News from Health, Posted on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 10:19am

Cattaraugus County Health Department announces the 2008-2009 Influenza (Flu)

Clinics schedule for those 18 years and older. All of the following sites are opened to the general public.

It is recommended by the Center of Disease Control that all individuals six months of age and older receive influenza vaccine yearly. Those with a severe egg allergy or those acutely ill should not get the vaccine.


The scheduled clinics are intended for the adult population. At this time, the Health Department has not received vaccine for children under 18. It is recommended that parents contact their children’s health care provider for vaccine.

Priorities for vaccine include:


  • Women who will be pregnant during influenza season

  • Anyone with long term health problems including: heart, kidney, liver and lung disease. Diabetics and asthmatics are included.

  • Anyone with a weakened immune system due to cancer, HIV/AIDS or other immune disorders

  • Anyone with muscle or nerve disorders

  • Anyone 6 months through 18 years with long term aspirin therapy

  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

  • Health Care providers

  • Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth up to 5 years of age.

  • Household contacts and caregivers of people 50 years and older

  • People who provide essential community services

  • Individuals living in dormitories, correctional facilities, or under other crowded conditions to prevent outbreaks

  • People at high risk of influenza complications who travel to the Southern hemisphere between April and September or to the tropics

The charge for Vaccine is $15.00. Cattaraugus County will bill the following insurances:

  • Medicare B

  • Railroad Medicare

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Community Blue and HMOs

  • Univera, Senior Choice and HMOs

  • Independent Health, Encompass 65 and HMOs

  • Fidelis

  • Today’s Options

  • Wellcare

  • HealthNet Pearl

  • Secure Horizons

Medicaid coverage is available for those with a prescription from their health care professional.

Pneumococcal Vaccine is also available. This vaccine is recommended for all adults 65 years of age or older. Usually one dose is needed. A second dose is recommended for those people who got their first dose when they were under 65, if 5 or more years have passed since that dose. Pneumococcal vaccine is covered by Medicare B. Coverage varies with other insurance. The cost is $37.00.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Health Department in Olean at 716-373-8050; Salamanca at 716-945- 1246; or Machias at 716-353-8525 or 1-800-251-2584 or the website at . Additional clinics will be scheduled.

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