Hospital provides new vaccine

St. Joseph’s Hospital provided the new quadrivalent flu vaccine at its drive-by flu clinic on Oct. 9.

In two hours, staff vaccinated more than 130 individuals. The vaccine will be offered again at a walk-in clinic on from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. This new flu vaccine also will be available at the Buckhannon Rotary Blood Screenings on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at the Buckhannon Middle School only.

The quadrivalent vaccine, for the first time, will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. These four-in-one vaccines will protect against two common Type A strains called H1N1 and H3N2, and the two distinct strains of Type B. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for flu shots for those with a valid Medicare card. Cost for all others is $30.

The vaccination is extremely important for young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with existing medical conditions and those people who are in contact with those at greatest risk.

Vaccinations will be available at the clinics for anyone over the age of 12; for vaccinations for children under the age of 12, please see your family physician.