Protect Your Family and Your Community With A Flu Shot

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Health and Housing

Flu Season Has Arrived

As leaves change color and days get shorter, flu season arrives which means it is time to think about getting a flu shot.  Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. 

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot every year.

Almost Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend everyone six months and older get a flu shot each year.  Additionally, it’s especially important for certain people to get vaccinated either because they are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at higher risk for developing flu-related complications.

People at a higher risk include:

  • Children younger than 5 (especially children younger than 2 years old)
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have medical conditions including:
    • Asthma
    • Neurological conditions
    • Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis
    • Heart disease such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease
    • Blood disorders such as sickle cell disease
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney disorders
    • Liver disorders
    • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication such as people with HIV or AIDS, cancer, or those on chronic steroids
    • People who are morbidly obese

 

Other people for whom vaccination is especially important include those who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, health care workers, and household contacts of persons at higher risk for complications from the flu. 


Where To Get a Flu Shot

Flu shots are available at many physicians’ offices and pharmacies throughout Cochise County.  In addition, flu shots will be administered at all regular Cochise Health and Social Services immunization clinics.  Walk-in flu clinics are being held at the following locations for adults and children:

Bisbee Clinic Wednesday, October 25 8AM-12PM & 1-5PM
1415 Melody Lane, Bldg A Wednesday, November 29 8AM-12PM & 1-5PM
520-432-9400 Wednesday, December 20 8AM-12PM & 1-5PM
     
Sierra Vista Clinic Friday, October 20 8:30-11AM & 1-3PM
4115 E. Foothills Drive Wednesday, October 25 8:30-11AM
520-803-3900 Wednesday, November 8 8:30-11AM
  Friday, November 17 8:30-11AM & 1-3PM
  Friday, December 1 8:30-11AM & 1-3PM
  Wednesday, December 13 8:30-11AM 
     
Douglas Clinic Tuesday, October 31 9-11:30AM & 1:30-4PM
1012 N. G Ave Tuesday, November 21 9-11:30AM & 1:30-4PM
  Tuesday, December 19 9-11:30AM & 1:30-4PM
     
Benson Clinic Friday, October 20 8AM-12PM & 1-4PM
126 W. 5th Street Friday, November 17 8AM-12PM & 1-4PM
520-586-8200 Friday, December 15 8AM-12PM & 1-4PM
     
Willcox Clinic Friday, November 3 8AM-12PM & 1-4PM
450 S. Haskell Avenue Friday, December 1 **CANCELLED
520-384-7100 Friday, December 29 8AM-12PM & 1-4PM

 Please call your local clinic for possible scheduling alternatives.


The cost of the shot is $25 for adults and free for un- or under-insured children and adults.  Private insurance may be billed for insured children.  CHSS will bill for adults covered by traditional Medicare insurance.  CHSS is not contracted to bill Medicare Advantage and private insurance companies for adults, so those patients will be responsible for the $25 cost; however, no patients will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay.

 

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