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.
This is the second year that recommendation has been made and it is a departure from previous years when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention only recommended high–risk populations be vaccinated.
Officials said last year the CDC brought forth new recommendations, which state everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated. Hobley said this year’s vaccine includes protection against H1N1 (swine) flu virus. Separate shots for H1N1 won’t be necessary this year.
The vaccine protects against H1N1 and other strains. The cost of shots this year will be $20 for those 19 years and older. Those six months to 19 years old will be charged $14.
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