The Marshall County Health Department is still encouraging people to get their flu vaccination. According to Clinic Director BJ Weathers, Marshall County has not yet reached the peak of flu season so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated.
The Health Department is now offering the vaccine for free to anyone who does not have benefits (Medicaid, Medicare, or most third party insurers). If the patient has applicable benefits, the insurer/benefit will be billed with no cost to the patient.
Health Departments officials are hopeful this will encourage the community to get vaccinated to decrease spread of the illness when it starts to appear in the county.
Weathers advised, “Residents can help reduce the spread of the flu by using good hygiene habits such as washing hands often and thoroughly. Covering your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze is also very important.”
To get a flu vaccination, you may call the Health Department at 527-1496 for an appointment, or go to the Benton clinic at 307 East 12th Street.