Health department offers shots

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Health Department has a limited supply of shingles vaccine.

Vaccines are administered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and by appointment.

“If you’ve had the chickenpox,you are at risk for shingles,” said Michelle Truax, health department nursing supervisor. “You’re at a greater risk as you get older.”

The Shingles Prevention Study found the vaccine significantly reduces disease in those 60 and older, and the Center for Disease Control recommends those 60 and older get a dose of the Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine.

“Studies show one in three people will get shingles in their lifetime,” said Truax. “Shingles can strike at any time and be very painful.”

The cost is $25 for residents 60 and older, regardless of income or insurance coverage, through a West Virginia Health Department grant. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

“We were fortunate to receive the state grant and are very please we are able to vaccinate our senior residents at such a low cost to them,” said Truax.

For information, contact the health department at (304) 564-3343 or visit the website at www.hancockcountyhealthdepartment.com.