Vaccine for this year’s seasonal influenza has arrived at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) and is now available to the public. The annual flu shot is recommended for all children aged six months to 18 years and for all adults; especially pregnant women, people over 50, those with chronic illnesses, and caregivers.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to get such a head start for our community”, says Dr. David Blodgett, SWUPHD Director/Health Officer, “This is an important year for everyone to come in and get their flu shot early or attend the Health Fair/ Shoot-Out on September 26. “

The vaccine being developed for the new H1N1 virus will be a separate shot and could be available as early as this fall.

Flu shots are $25 or no charge for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, PEHP (Preferred and Advantage), or SelectHealth plans and are offered at the SWUPHD Kanab office every Wednesday from 9-11a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Just walk in or call 644-2537 for an appointment.

Flu shots for all Kane County residents/taxpayers will be FREE at the following events:

•Saturday September 26 at the Health Fair to be held at Kanab High School from 9 a.m-1 p.m.

•Mobile Flu Shot Clinics:

•Bullfrog:           Sept. 15-16

•Duck Creek: Sept. 24

•Big Water: Oct. 6

•Orderville: Oct. 7

•Alton/Todd''s:  Oct 8

Bring your insurance cards if you are covered by one of the plans mentioned above, along with proof of residency/property ownership (I.D., utility bill, etc.).