Flu vaccines will soon be available at county health departments in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA — Flu season is upon us, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that health departments will be offering the flu vaccine statewide starting Oct. 12.
The flu vaccine is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age or older.
In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people who are 65 years of age and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their health care provider about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is also available at county health departments.
County health departments will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine.
The following fee schedule will apply:
- No charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. However, those who have health insurance should bring their insurance card. The insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
- No charge for adults 65 years of age and older. Adults 65 and older should bring their Medicare Card or other health insurance card.
- No charge for children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or who are Native American or Alaskan natives.
- All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
Oklahoma County and Tulsa County residents should check with their city-county health departments for fee schedules available for those county residents.