Cheap shots

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GRAYSON CO., TX -- Every parent has received the long list of vaccinations recommended by a doctor. A federal plan, active in both Texas and Oklahoma, provides ways for children to receive shots at a lower price.

Fatima Santos is taking steps to keep her daughter Bailey well, especially as flu season begins.

"He [Bailey’s father Jose] has been a little sick so we'd rather get the flu shot before everyone gets sick," Santos said.

The flu vaccine arrived in Grayson County from the state health department Thursday, so families are taking advantage of its availability. It's just one of many shots children can receive at the health department.

"We're a really good deal,” said Nancy Grella, a nurse with the health department. “It's $10 per child per visit whether if we give one shot or if we give 8 shots."

The health department is just one of many participants across Texas and Oklahoma in the vaccines for children program. The program is intended to save families money, especially those without health insurance or have poor coverage.

"Nobody wants to see your child ill, so whether it's the flu shot or any other shot your child may need," Grella said.

Parents can also request the state-provided vaccines when they visit their pediatrician, and pay $8 a shot. This could lead to hundreds of dollars worth of savings for the same quality product.

The Grayson County health department holds an immunization clinic every Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm until 5:30 pm.

The Carter Co. Health Department is hosting a drive-through flu clinic November 2 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm or until they run out of the vaccine.

From the Health Department:

There are 3 locations in Ardmore:

Fire Station at 2 K St. SE. This is the fire Station by the baseball fields. It is on the corner of East Main and K ST SE.

We will also be at the fire station at 1997 Veterans Blvd. This is just east of the tag office on HWY 142.

Fire Station at 115 N. Rockford Road.

There is no charge for flu shots. However, if you have them please bring your Medicaid and/or Medicare cards with you. You do not have to have Medicaid or Medicare to get a flu shot.

Since you will be getting your flu shot while remaining in your car please wear short sleeve or sleeveless clothing.
We cannot give injections if you have animals in the car.
We can only give immunizations to persons 12 years and older at the drive-thru clinic.

If you are unable to get your flu shot on this day please check back with us for future clinic dates.

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