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Health District begins offering flu shots Monday

The Southern Nevada Health District will start offering the flu vaccine Monday at all of its centers.

The health district is offering injectable, quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against four different flu viruses — two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The cost of the vaccine is $41.

The trivalent high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and over is $59 and contains four times the amount of antigen, which prompts the body’s immune response, contained in regular flu shots.

Manufacturers have projected they will provide between 171 million and 179 million doses of flu vaccine this season, but projections can change, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Health district officials encourage everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated. People who have questions about the flu vaccine, who have allergies to any of its components, or who have had a previous reaction to a flu vaccine should contact their medical provider.

Flu vaccines are covered under the federal Vaccines for Children program. The health district accepts the following insurance plans with no co-payment: Anthem Networks, Culinary, Cigna, Retirees Health Trust, Teachers Health Trust, Nevada Check-up (FFS, Amerigroup and HPN), Medicaid (FFS, Amerigroup and HPN), Medicare Part B and Medicare Railroad.

Contact Steven Moore at smoore@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4563.

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