Uninsured residents offered shingles vaccine

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Senior Tax Board grant funds effort

The Lawrence County Health Department has announced the receipt of of $15,000 in grant funding from the Lawrence County Board for the Senior Citizen Fund Tax to fund Zostavax vaccine for 75 Lawrence County seniors aged 60 and older.

To qualify for the vaccine, seniors citizens must be a resident of Lawrence County; 60 years of age or older; have no insurance or have insurance that doesn’t cover the vaccine; and not receive Medicaid.

The vaccine will be offered from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A $15.00 administration fee will be collected at the time of service.

Zostavax is a vaccine available for adults 60 years of age and older to prevent shingles. It works by helping the immune system protect patients from getting shingles. Those who do suffer an outbreak may experience reduced nerve pain associated with the virus.

Zostax is a live vaccine and should not be given to individuals who have a weakened immune system caused by treatments that they are taking such as radiation, steroids, or due to conditions such as AIDS or cancer of the lymph, bone or blood. Those having allergies to gelatin or Neomycin should not receive Zostavax.

The Health Department is located at 105 West North Street in Mt. Vernon. For more information, call 417-466-2201.