By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Southeastern Idaho Public Health in Preston is now giving flu shots by appointment.
Wendy Hobley, Region 6 public health nurse manager, said public health officials across the state are recommending this year everyone older than six months receive a flu shot.
Flu has been reported in neighboring Utah and a youngster was hospitalized in the Salt Lake City area.
This is the third year that recommendation has been made and it is a departure from the past when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention only recommended high-risk populations be vaccinated.
Hobley said this year there is a trivalent vaccine that includes protection against H1N1 (swine) flu, H3N2 and Influenza B viruses. Separate shots for H1N1 won’t be necessary this year.
“The vaccine protects against H1N1 and these other strains. The cost of shots this year will be $20. There is also a ‘high-dose’ vaccine available that costs $35 and is recommended for anyone 65 years old or older. The older population can choose between the regular and high-dose vaccines,” she said.
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