Flu vaccine clinics to be held this week

The St. Joseph County Health Department is offering flu vaccinations at the South Bend clinic location (227 W. Jefferson Blvd, 9th Floor County-City Building) from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vaccinations will also be available at the Mishawaka clinic location (219 Lincolnway West) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments are not required. The cost of the flu vaccine is $25 - $30 payable in cash, credit card (ONLY at Health Department offices), or billed to Medicare part B.

Immunizations will also be available at drive-thru flu clinics, which will be held from
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 3rd 2013
    Clay Fire Territory Station 25 (12481 Anderson Rd)

  • Wednesday, October 9th 2013
    Clay Fire Territory Station 21 (18776 Cleveland Rd)

And from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following date:

  • Thursday, October 17th 2013
    South Bend Fire Department Central Station (1222 S. Michigan St.)

The Berrien County Health Department will offer three community flu clinics this October throughout the county. They will run from 3 to 6p.m. at the following locations.

  • Thursday, October 3rd
    Berrien County Health Department, 1205 N. Front Street in Niles.

  • Monday, October 7th
    First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave in St.

  • Tuesday, October 15th
    Union Memorial AME Church, 911 S. Crystal Ave. in Benton Harbor

There are two types of flu vaccination: the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine, called FluMist. Both are effective in preventing the flu; you may talk to your healthcare provider or a nurse at the Health Department flu clinic to determine which kind of vaccine is best for you and your family. Flu shots and FluMist nasal-spray vaccines are available at all clinics, as well as the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors, and a pneumonia vaccine for those who qualify.

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