MOUNT VERNON — Flu activity often begins to increase in October and that is certainly the case this year with an increase in reported cases. If you have not had a chance to get a flu shot, the Knox County Health Department will conduct a walk-in clinic on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the health department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road.
Flu shots will be available for adults and children, ages 3 yrs. of age and older. There are no restrictions for age or health conditions.
Medicaid, Medicare and most forms of insurance will be accepted for payment of the flu shot at all health department clinics. Otherwise, the cost for the flu shot can be paid in cash or by check. Clinic attendees need to bring their ID and medical/insurance card.
During Saturday’s clinic, if someone is unable to walk into the health department to get a shot, a nurse will be available to go outside to administer the shot while the person is in their vehicle. Someone will need to come in to the clinic to advise the nursing staff and complete paperwork.
In addition to the community clinics, the health department is currently offering flu shots at the Community Health Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. The health center is located inside the health department, across from the radio station.
The health department will also provide flu shots to anyone in Knox County who is homebound and unable to attend a flu shot clinic. To schedule a flu shot for a homebound person, call Starr Roden, RN, at 740-392-2200, Ext. 2238.