OK, they’re not cities, they are states. Or cities in states. Whatever. But when it comes to flu shots they are quite different. First benighted Mississippi:
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 27 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in counties throughout Mississippi. The presence of influenza was documented by the MSDH Laboratory in the past few weeks.
“We are now in the peak season of influenza, which will last for the next couple of months,” said State Health Officer Dr. Ed Thompson. “If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, it’s time to get it now. It’s still not too late to get the vaccine.” Thompson noted that the flu vaccine takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and flu season usually peaks in January through March.
The first confirmed case of the flu during the 2007-2008 season was reported in early November.
Health departments and clinics throughout Mississippi began distributing the flu vaccine in mid-October. The charge for flu vaccination is $25. Medicare Part B covers the cost of flu vaccination, so those with Medicare Part B should bring their cards with them to the clinic. Children ages six months through 18 years can receive flu vaccinations for $10. (Bigmedicine)
Jeez. They’re charging $25 to for a flu shot? People in Mississippi must be rich. Or the health department doesn’t care about flu. Or something. I can’t even imagine what.
If you have not yet gotten your flu shot – it’s not too late! The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health have again partnered with Phoenix Sky Harbor to offer FREE flu shots to visitors, travelers and employees for 6 days in January or while vaccine supplies last.
Arizona usually doesn’t see its peak flu season until February so there is still plenty of time to protect yourself and the ones you love from the flu.
The flu shots are open to the public for anyone over age four. Those who are especially susceptible to the flu and should get the vaccine include seniors, kids, pregnant women or anyone whose immune system is compromised. Anyone who comes into contact with these vulnerable groups should also get a flu shot. (Bigmedicine)
Free flu shots not just for your own citizens but visitors and travelers? Mississippi are you listening?
By the way here is something left by J-dog on the comment thread to our Flu Season post of a couple of days ago:
I just called my Primary Care Provider. The nurse told me that flu season is over. I suggested that it went through at least March, and she said no, it doesn’t and they are out of flu shots anyway.
Nurse please take note: flu season peaks between January and March. Before you hand out advice, know what you are doing. Just because you ran out of shots, doesn’t mean your patient doesn’t need one.