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Buncombe County Health Center Announces This Year’s Flu Shot Clinics


They are a pain in the arm, and they are coming to us a bit later in the month than usual, but flu shots sure do help us sidestep a lot of misery as a result of the flu by the time December and January roll around – the awful muscle aches, headaches, fever, and congestion that seem to last for weeks can all be avoided with the momentary sting of an influenza vaccination.

Flu shots for anyone 5 years of age and above will be available at the Asheville Mall (near Sears and Cinnabon). Shots will be offered:

  • Thursday & Friday, October 11 & 12 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Insurance cards that will be accepted include: Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage, NC Health Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield (not Blue Care), and NC State Employee/Teachers Insurance. Cards must be presented at the time the shot is received.

For those without insurance, the cost for a flu shot will be $28, and may be paid by cash, check, debit card, Master Card or VISA.

Anyone 5 years and above is encouraged to go to the Mall for their flu shot this year. Shots for this age group will not be given at the Health Center because of limited parking.

Flu shots for children under 5 years and children 5 – 18 years of age who are at high risk and/or live in a household with a high risk person (see below) may receive their flu shot at the Buncombe County Health Center:

  • Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
These shots will be given free of charge.

High Risk Individuals:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that the following people get a flu shot every year:

  • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical condition
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, such as:
    • Household contacts of people who are at high risk of complications from flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (because these children are too young to be vaccinated)
    • Healthcare workers
For general information about Health Center flu vaccine clinics, please call our hotline at 250-5300. Anyone who needs health related information about flu shots should contact their health care provider or call the Buncombe County Health Center at 250-5096 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

The Flu Vaccine Hotline at 250-5300 is always available for the most current information about Health Center flu clinics.

(Images provided by the FindAFluShot.com.)



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