Chattooga County Health Department director Mitzi Smith has announced that the health department will begin to give out the H1N1 Flu vaccine shots today at a special clinic that will start at 8:00 AM and run until 11:30 AM.  After a break at lunch the clinic will resume at 1 PM and go until 7:30 PM this evening at the health department located off Farrar Drive in Summerville.

The clinic will be for "High Risk" individuals that include:

  • pregnant women,
  • care givers of infants less than 6 months of age,
  • children and young adults aged 6 months to 24 years,
  • persons aged 25 – 64 years who have medical conditions, such as asthma,  diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and immunosuppressive disorders that put them at risk and
  • health care and emergency medical service workers.

According to Smith, the vaccine is free; however, clients are asked to please bring their private insurance, Medicare, Medicare supplements, PeachCare or Medicaid cards as a small administration fee may be charged to their insurance.  "No client will be billed or expected to pay," Smith expresses and adds "clients with no insurance will not be charged or expected to pay."

Smith says, and reiterates that "eventually we expect to have plenty of the H1N1 vaccine, enough so everyone who wants it can get it."