Doctors at Wills-Knighton have received flu vaccine and are now offering flu shots to their patients. According to Greg Gavin, administrator for the Network, vaccine is plentiful this year and readily available at the Physician Network’s in primary care and pediatric clinics. In addition, Lesley Sawrie, Quick Care director, reports that all three WK Quick Care locations (Bossier, Pierremont, South) have received vaccine and are administering flu vaccine daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year’s vaccine is available in regular and high dose, the latter recommended for persons 65 and older. In addition, an intradermal with a smaller needle is also available. Each of these options is available at Quick Care, while some physician offices may have elected to focus on one dose.
Most health plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover the cost of flu shots as part of their preventive services. For those paying for their own injections, Quick Care is a good value, offering regular vaccine at $25 and the smaller needle intraderm at $35.
Flu generally appears later in the South than in other parts of the country as the cooler weather arrives; however, Quick Care officials indicated that several cases have already been seen there this fall. Tessa Albritton, pharmacy director for Willis-Knighton Health System, says that there is a two--week delay in antibody development after vaccination. The immunity lasts for approximately one year.