SC changes flu shot policy

DHEC says no flu vaccines for insured patients

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolinians who have health insurance are no longer eligible to get vaccinated against the flu at county health departments.

Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Mark Plowden said Thursday that flu shots are no longer available at county-level health departments across the state for patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports this is the first flu season that the department is testing this new policy. Plowden says DHEC has been advertising the change since last year.

Cases of the flu have already been confirmed in South Carolina this season. The sticker price for a flu shot through the department is $25 for adults and $13 for children.

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