YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Public Health has scheduled nine flu shot clinics in October throughout the county.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every season.
Most vulnerable to developing flu-related complications, the CDC says, are:
- Children ages 6 months to 2 years old.
- Adults 65 years of age and older.
- Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum.
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- Those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, blood disorders, diabetes, kidney, liver, or endocrine disorders, weakened immune systems due to diseases such as cancer, HIV or AIDS.
- Those relying on medications for chronic steroid use or long-term aspirin use in people younger than 19 years of age.
Appointments are required for these clinics. To schedule, call 330-270-2855 ext. 125.
The clinic schedule is:
- Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Youngstown.
- Oct. 6, 2 to 5 p.m. at Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 South Broad St.
- Oct. 8, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Beaver Township Woodworth Park, 225 Warren Ave., Poland.
- Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Youngstown.
- Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boardman United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 6809 Market St.
- Oct. 21, 2 to 5 p.m. at Struthers Mauthe Park, 156 Smithfield St.
- Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Youngstown.
- Oct. 28, 3 to 6 p.m. at Poland Township Administration Building, 3339 Dobbins Road.
- Oct. 29, 2 to 5 pm. at Campbell City Roosevelt Park, Struthers Liberty Road.
The clinic will bill insurance. Patients should bring insurance cards, driver’s licenses and Medicaid and Medicare cards.
The age ranges for available flu vaccines are:
- Ages 6 months and up — Quadrivalent (four flu virus strains).
- Ages 65 years and older — High dose quadrivalent (four flu virus strains).
- Ages 18 years and older — Egg-free (cell-based) quadrivalent (four flu virus strains).
Mahoning County Public Health is a Vaccines for Children Program Provider and has limited opportunities for children that are uninsured or underinsured to receive the vaccine free of charge.