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Vail Valley braces for flu season

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
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EDWARDS, Colorado – Forget about getting pricked twice.

Protecting yourself against the flu will be less of a hassle this year because a single shot will guard against both swine and seasonal flu.

That means you’ll only have to roll up that sleeve once.



“It’s much more convenient than getting the two shots, which is what we had to do last year,” said Kay Hensley, pharmacy manager at City Market in Avon.

Eagle County epidemiologist Becky Larson said this year’s shot protects against two different strains of the seasonal flu, plus H1N1.



“We would probably expect to see all three of those viruses circulating,” she said.

Yes, swine flu could be back.

Jeff Diamond, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control, said last year’s H1N1 virus will continue to circulate this year.



It’s hard to say when the flu will arrive here, though.

“Usually the first wave of flu occurs in late fall or around the first of the year,” Diamond said.

High test, please

Whenever the flu hits, many people in the valley will be ready. Most pharmacies and doctors’ offices in the Vail area received their vaccine shipments a few weeks earlier than they did last year.

On Wednesday morning, Edwards resident Ronald Galley, 71, got his shot at the Senior Health Fair in Edwards.

In doing so, he joined the first wave of people in the county to get a new “high dose” version for people 65 and older.

Galley wasn’t taking any chances.

“Years ago, when I was in the Air Force, I came into contact with some chemicals,” he said. “I’m susceptible to respiratory problems. I don’t like to get a cold because I’m too cheap to go to the doctor.”

The “high dose” shot has four times the amount of antigen in a regular flu shot. More antigen – a sort of “virus look-a-like” – causes the body to make more antibodies to fend off the flu, said Anne Robinson, a nurse manager with the county health department.

“It helps the immune system that needs an extra boost,” she said.

Sickness in schools

This year, the flu could be less of a problem in Eagle County schools, some predict.

Last year, the district reported a high number of students out sick on a few occasions.

“We’re not expecting it to be as bad,” said Bonnie Pottorff, a district official helping to organize the flu response.

School nurses will keep track of how many students are absent due to the flu, she said. The county will give the schools supplies like antibacterial hand lotions and masks for nurses, Pottorff said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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Where can I get a flu shot?

Eagle Valley Pharmacy in the Vail Valley Medical Center

Address: 181 W. Meadow Drive, Vail.

Phone: 970-479-7253.

Adult flu shot and swine flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: No.

Flu mist: No.

High dose vaccine for people 65 and older: Yes.

Cost: $25; accepts insurance other than Medicare; some insurance plans cover the shot.

When available: Taking walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Edwards Pharmacy in the Shaw Regional Cancer Center

Address: 322 Beard Creek Road, Edwards.

Phone: 970-569-7676.

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: No.

Flu mist: No.

High dose shot for people 65 and older: No.

Cost: $25; accepts insurance other than Medicare; some insurance plans cover the shot.

When available: Clinic is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday; after that, the pharmacy will accept walk-ins 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Eagle Valley Medical Center

Address: 377 Sylvan Lake Road, Suite 220.

Phone: 970-328-6357.

Adult flu shot: Yes, for established patients and their family members.

Kids’ flu shot: Yes, for established patients and their family members.

Flu mist: Yes, for established patients and their family members.

High dose for 65 and older: No.

Cost: $30; accepts some insurance; some insurance plans covers it. If you bill insurance and it doesn’t cover it, the total flu shot cost is $42.

When available: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Eagle County’s walk-in flu clinic

Address: 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., Suite 107, next to Bob’s Place in Avon.

Phone: 970-949-7026, http://www.eaglecounty.us.

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: Yes.

Flu mist: Yes.

High dose for 65 and older: Limited supply.

Cost: $14; accepts Medicaid and Medicare .

When available: 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday throughout October.

Eagle County’s walk-in flu clinic

Address: 551 Broadway, Eagle.

Phone: 970-328-8840, http://www.eaglecounty.us.

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: Yes.

Flu mist: Yes.

High dose for 65 and older: Limited Supply.

Cost: $14; accepts Medicare and Medicaid.

When available: 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday throughout October.

City Market, Vail

Address: 2109 N. Frontage Road West.

Phone: 970-476-1621.

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: No.

Flu mist: No.

High dose for 65 and older: No.

Cost: $25; accepts insurance; some insurance plans cover it.

When available: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pharmacist recommends calling ahead but walk-ins are acceptable.

City Market, Eagle

Address 0103 Market St., Eagle

Phone: 970-328-1311, hit 0

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: No.

Flu mist: No.

High dose for people 65 and up: Expecting a shipment sometime next week.

Cost: $25; accepts insurance; some insurance companies cover the shots.

When available: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

City Market, Avon

Address: 260 Beaver Creek Place, Avon.

Phone: 970-949-5437.

Adult flu shot: Yes.

Kids’ flu shot: No.

Flu mist: No.

High dose for 65 and older: No.

Cost: $25; accepts insurance; some insurance companies cover the shots.

When available: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Colorado Mountain Medical

Address: 322 Beard Creek Road, Suite 200, Edwards.

Phone: 970-926-6340.

Adult flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Kids’ flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Pediatric flu shot (children 6 to 35 months): Yes.

Flu mist (ages 2 to 49): Yes.

High dose for 65 and older: Limited supply.

Cost: $40 pediatric and adult flu shot; high dose $51; flu mist $45; accepts contracted insurances; most insurance plans cover it.

When available: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Colorado Mountain Medical

Address: 181 W. Meadow Drive, Suite 800, Vail.

Phone: 970-476-7600.

Adult flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Kids’ flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Pediatric flu shot (children 6 to 35 months): Yes.

Flu mist (ages 2 to 49): Yes.

High dose for 65 and older: Limited supply.

Cost: $40 pediatric and adult flu shot; high dose $51; flu mist $45; accepts contracted insurances; most insurance plans covers it.

When available: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Colorado Mountain Medical

Address: 0377 Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle.

Phone: 970-328-1650.

Adult flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Kids flu shot: Expected to arrive Friday.

Pediatric flu shot (children 6 to 35 months): Yes.

Flu mist (ages 2 to 49): Yes.

High dose for people 65 and older: Limited supply.

Cost: $40 pediatric and adult flu shot; high dose $51; flu mist $45; accepts contracted insurances; most insurance plans covers it

When available: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday


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