Board of Health posts 2012 flu clinic schedule
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The Winchester Board of Health has posted its schedule of 2012 flu clinics. At the first clinic, scheduled for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 25, flu shots will be given to residents age 65 and over and individuals considered at high risk. Clinics for the general public will be held in October. Most health insurance will be accepted. People who wish to receive a flu shot are asked to bring their health insurance cards with them. A $10 fee will be charged to those whose insurance is not accepted. Tetanus shots will also be offered at the clinics, at an additional cost of $10. During the upcoming flu season, adults 65 and older may opt to receive a high-dose flu shot, an influenza vaccine licensed in 2009 by the US Food and Drug Administration and designed specifically for individuals in this age group. The high-dose vaccine, which produces a much stronger antibody response than the standard flu shot, is being offered as part of a pilot program and will be administered by appointment only at two separate clinics scheduled for September: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 11. The cost of the high-dose vaccine is $37; however, there is no cost for those who have Medicare Part B, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and New Jersey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, Fallon, Neighborhood Health Plan, or Health New England. To reserve the high-dose vaccine, call public health nurse Kathy Whittaker at 781-721-7121. The town has purchased 100 doses of the high-dose vaccine. For more information on any of the clinics, visit the town website at winchester.us and click on the link to the flu clinic information sheet from the homepage.