MOUNT VERNON — While cases of the flu have been sporadic in Ohio, there is widespread flu activity in several other states with more than a dozen deaths reported so far this year. Public health officials report now is a good time to get vaccinated, especially before holidays get-togethers and out-of-state traveling.

The Knox County Health Department will conduct a walk-in flu shot clinic this evening from 4-6 p.m. at the health department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road. Flu shots will be available for adults and children, ages 3 years 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.

During tonight’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.

This is the final evening flu shot clinic of the year. However, the health department will continue to offer 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, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road, 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.


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