Muskegon – As more H1N1 flu vaccine is being shipped into Muskegon County, more locations are becoming available for residents to get their H1N1 flu vaccination. Beginning this week Walmart, Meijer, and Pamida pharmacies are joining Walgreens in offering the H1N1 vaccine to residents. While residents with insurance are still encouraged to visit their doctor’s office for flu vaccinations, those without insurance covering the H1N1 flu vaccine or residents whose doctor is not offering the H1N1 flu vaccination now have more options.
Walmart locations in Muskegon County will begin offering the H1N1 flu shot to residents on Wednesday, December 16th. Walmart pharmacies will offer the H1N1 flu shot on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to Muskegon County residents over 4 years of age.
Meijer pharmacies within Muskegon County began offering the H1N1 flu shot to residents age 14 and up today. Meijer officials are requesting that residents call their Meijer pharmacy for vaccination questions and availability.
Meijer and Walmart are primarily offering the H1N1 flu vaccine to Muskegon County residents who:
· Do not have insurance; or
· Insurance only covers a portion or none of the cost of immunization; or
· Do not have a health care provider; or
· The H1N1 vaccine is not available at their health care provider office.
Walmart and Meijer are offering the H1N1 flu vaccine to Muskegon County residents who fit these categories at no charge. Walmart and Meijer will also offer the H1N1 flu vaccine to insured residents, provided that the pharmacy is able to bill insurance for administrative fees.
Pamida Pharmacy in Whitehall is offering the H1N1 flu nasal spray to healthy individuals ages 2 to 49 years of age. Muskegon County residents are asked to call Pamida to ask about vaccination times and availability.
Thanks to the help of Medical Reserve Corp volunteers, Public Health – Muskegon County will start taking appointments for all residents wishing to get the H1N1 flu vaccine at no charge as of today. Residents can schedule an appointment to receive the H1N1 flu shot or nasal spray at 209 East Apple Avenue by calling 231-724-7191 between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.
Public Health – Muskegon County would like to remind residents that the H1N1 flu vaccination is now available to all residents age 6 months and up. For a complete list of vaccine provider hours and availability residents can should visit www.muskegonhealth.net, CALL 2-1-1, or contact the vaccination location for specific details.