Elder Care offers walk-in flu shot clinic this October.
Elder Care’s Annual Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic will be held each Saturday in October at Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive, from 9:00am – noon, and 1:00 – 4:00pm, offering both the regular dose vaccine and the Fluzone high-dose vaccine.
Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic
Each Saturday in October, beginning October 8
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006
According to Christina Bishop, Director of Operations at Elder Care, the regular dose flu vaccine will be the quadrivalent flu vaccine designed to protect against four flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
“The Fluzone High-Dose is explicitly designed for people aged 65 and older and contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibodies) in regular flu shots. The additional antigen creates a stronger immune response (more antibodies) in the person getting the vaccine.”
Additional guidelines are found on the CDC website, outlining the CDC’s June 30, 2022 announcement by CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky to adopt the Decision memo approving the ACIP vote for a preferential recommendation for the use of a higher dose (including high dose and recombinant) or adjuvanted flu vaccines over standard-dose unadjuvanted flu vaccines for adults 65 years and older.
“Because immunity may decrease more quickly in older people, it is especially important that this group is not vaccinated too early (in July or August). September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated for people 65 years and older.”
A flu shot participant at Elder Care’s shot clinic, qualified under Part B Medicare, must present their Medicare or Medicare replacement card (United Healthcare, Community Care, Humana, etc.). Elder Care files a claim on the participant’s behalf, and no payment will be due for Medicare-qualified participants at the time of vaccination. No other insurance will be filed.
Those who do not have Medicare or Medicare replacement insurance may also receive vaccination by paying the vaccine cost. The regular flu vaccine for ages 18 and over costs $30, and the high-dose vaccine for ages 65 and over cost $75. Participants may pay by cash, check, or credit card. The walk-in flu shot clinic will encourage social distancing to keep participants safe, and all attendees are encouraged to pre-register their information before coming to the clinic to minimize wait time.