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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get flu vaccine annually. Vaccination efforts usually begin in August or September and continue through March. Flu vaccine is modified each year to protect against the flu strains predicted to be most prevalent for the upcoming season. This year's vaccine protects against four strains of flu.
Remember, don't wait to get vaccinated. It takes two weeks after getting the shot/mist to reach maximum effectiveness.
- Get an annual flu shot
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or if a tissue isn't available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands
- Wash your hands frequently throughout the day
- Clean commonly touched surfaces often
- Avoid contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
- More Flu Prevention Basics
Vaccine Availability at the Health Department
At this time, the Health Department has flu vaccine for individuals 6 month of age and older. Please call 919-245-2400 to make an IMM appointment and get your flu shot!
There is no out of pocket charge for flu vaccine through the Orange County Health Department through June 30, 2021. Uninsured Orange County residents will receive free flu vaccine until the Health Department runs out of available flu shots. The Health Department will bill insurance for those with health insurance.
Call to Schedule Your Flu Vaccine Appointment
For an appointment, call 919-245-2400 and select option 3 for our Chapel Hill clinic or option 4 for our Hillsborough clinic.
The Orange County Health Department has vaccine that is funded through 3 separate entities:
- Free vaccine provided by the State through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. State (free) vaccine is available for the following groups:
- Children ages 6 months to 18 years without health insurance
- Children ages 6 months to 18 years who are Medicaid -eligible
- Children ages 6 months to 18 years whose health insurance does not cover any of the cost of flu vaccine (this does not include children for whom flu vaccine would be covered if they had met their annual deductible or children whose insurance requires a copay)
- Children ages 6 months to 18 years who are Alaskan Natives
- Children ages 6 months to 18 years who are American Indians
- Unaccompanied minors coming to a Title X clinic
- Non-Medicaid, uninsured women who are pregnant during the flu season who receive services from the Health Department
- Women with a family planning waiver receiving service at the Health Department
- Purchased vaccine that is paid for with county money for which the Health Department must bill insurance or receive payment.
- Purchased vaccine that is paid for with county CARES Act funding from the federal government for which the county must request reimbursement.
We will only be supplying 2 private vaccines:
- Fluzone – 6months of age and older; Quadrivalent vaccine; no cost
- Flublok – 18years and older; recombinant Quadrivalent vaccine; no cost