There is still time to get a flu shot at the Lawrence County Health Department, even with flu season in full swing. Evidence suggests that vaccination may make illness milder and prevent influenza-related complications, even if the strain patients become ill with is not covered by the current vaccine. Typical flu season peaks sometime between December and March, so it is not too late to vaccinate.

The Lawrence County Health Department has completed its community clinics but still has adult flu vaccine left. The injections are $25, but the health department is also able to bill Medicare and most insurance. Patients are asked to bring their insurance and/or Medicare card with them when getting a vaccination. Vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m., Monday through.

The health department also has flu vaccines for children six months to 18 years of age. The cost of the vaccine is $5 for Lawrence County children and $20 for out-of-county children. Medicaid, cash and checks are accepted.

More than 300,000 people were hospitalized with flu-related complications in the 2015-2016 flu season, with 26,000 of those being children younger than 18 years. Ninety percent of influenza deaths are in people age 65 and older. A flu vaccination is the best way to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

For more informations or questions, call the Lawrence County Health Department at 466-2201.