Flu shots available in Rockdale, county
It’s flu shot season and shots are becoming available throughout Rockdale and Milam County with one big difference from last year’s flu season.
“There’s no separate H1N1 vaccine this year,” Michelle Ferguson of the Milam Count y Health Department said. “There’s one shot.”
Flu shots are already available at two locations in Rockdale, Little River Medical Clinic and Medicine Chest Pharmacy.
The Milam Count y Health Department is scheduling clinics throughout the county, including Oct. 8 and 15 in Rockdale.
LRMC— Flu shots are being given Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Little River Medical Clin ic, 602 North Main.
Appointments are not needed and patrons getting f lu shots should enter on the San Andres Street side through the former pharmacy location.
Price is $20, free to Medicare and Medicaid recipients.
PHARMACY— Medicine Chest Pharmacy, 1525 West Cameron (US 79) is also offering flu shots on weekdays, with days changing depending on when a pharmacist is available.
This week shots are being given Wednesday, through Friday. Next week’s days are Monday and Wednesday through Friday.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost is $25, free to Medicare recipients.
Ferguson said health department flu shot clinics are scheduled as follows, with more being planned:
• Oct. 8, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Rockdale KC Hall and Bea’s Kitchen, Cameron.
• Oct. 15, 9 to 11 a.m. Rockdale KC Hall, Thorndale Senior Citizens Center.
Cost is $20, free for Medicare recipients.
SHOT BENEFIT— This year’s f lu shot season comes on the heels of a United Kingdom study of 18,700 patients which seems to indicate flu vaccinations are connected to a reduced risk of heart attack.
The study indicated persons getting flu shots between September and mid November was associated with a 21-percent decrease in the rate of heart attacks.
Those getting shots after mid November showed a 12-percent decrease.