SUBLETTE COUNTY — The 2022 flu season is right around the corner and the Wyoming Department of Health is urging residents to get their flu shots. It is nearly impossible to predict the severity of the flu season ahead of time, but we can always predict that it is coming.
Sublette County Public Health is once again offering drive-thru flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Flu symptoms can be very similar to COVID-19 symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.
The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccinations are recommended for most individuals over 6 months of age. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
Public Health will have reduced appointment availability due to the planned move in mid-October. Call Public Health at 367-2157 to schedule an appointment.
Moderna and Pfizer Bivalent COVID booster vaccines will be available at these clinics while supplies last. Public Health is offering two types of influenza vaccine this year, either of which can be billed to Medicare, BCBS, Cigna and UMR Insurance:
Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine — this vaccine has been approved for individuals 65+ years only. This vaccine contains four times as much antigen as standard dose flu vaccines. The higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is intended to give people 65 years and older a better immune response to vaccination, and therefore, better protection against flu. Cost $60/dose —Medicare Part B will pay for this vaccine.
Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine — this vaccine is approved for individuals 6 months and older. A quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Cost $20/dose — will bill to insurance, cash, or check accepted.
Drive-thru flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic schedules
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon High-Dose Flu (65+ years only), Sublette County Fair Grounds, Marbleton
Tuesday, Oct. 4 , 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Sublette County Fair Grounds, Marbleton
Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon High-Dose Flu (65+ years only), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Community Clinic (all ages), Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale
PATIENT SAFETY: Please stay in your vehicle. Watch for signs — there will be traffic attendants directing flow of traffic into the event.
SEATING: The patients receiving the vaccine must be seated next to an accessible door. Please wear a short sleeve shirt.
STAY HOME IF SICK: If you have symptoms like fever, cough or congestion, please do not come to this clinic!
PAPERWORK: Please complete your consent form before you arrive for your Flu or COVID Booster shot appointment — find copies available at your local Senior Center, Public Health Office or go to https://www.sublettewycovid.com/vaccines to print off a copy to bring with you.
Watch Sublette County Public Health's latest video update about flu clinics, bivalent boosters and the upcoming move at https://www.sublettewycovid.com/post/sublette-county-public-health-update-sept-12-2022