RALEIGH — Wake County will kick off the flu-vaccine season with an all-day drop-in clinic on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The vaccine will be available that day at the county's Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
Drop-in clinics will be held at the center each Thursday afterward from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to the weekly drop-in clinics, one-time clinics will be held at the county's regional health centers. Each will run from 3 to 7 p.m. A clinic will be held at the Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest on Oct. 17 ; at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive in Zebulon on Oct. 31; at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina on Nov. 14; and at the Western Wake Human Services Center, 150 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 100, Cary, Nov. 21.
Clients also can get the flu vaccine by scheduling appointments at any of the regional health centers during normal operating hours.
This year's flu vaccine will protect against seasonal and H1N1 flu and will be available as a shot or in a nasal spray. Health officials recommend flu vaccinations for everyone over 6 months of age. A high-dose vaccine will be available for people over age 65.
The cost for the regular vaccine is $30, payable when it's administered. The high-dose vaccine will cost $60. Payment can be made by cash, check, Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and N.C. Health Choice. Those with Medicare HMOs or other insurance should bring an insurance card and co-payment.
Uninsured, pregnant women and children who qualify for the federal Vaccines for Children program get the vaccine for free.
For more information, visit wakegov.com/humanservices/publichealth/information/diseases/Pages/flu.aspx.