WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Alaska waives administrative fee for influenza vaccine

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced on December 31 that it is waiving the standard $28 administrative fee for the flu vaccine through March to encourage the public to get vaccinated.

As of December 28, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded a total of 242 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza this flu season, most of which took place in December. To help offset the impact of the virus, the state will waive the administrative fee for all persons who qualify for state-supplied flu vaccine, making the immunization completely free.

All children under the age of three, all persons over the age of three without insurance, with insurance that does not offer vaccine coverage, any persons who have not met their deductible for vaccine coverage or who do not know if their benefits include immunizations and persons without access to another local immunization facility are qualified to receive a flu vaccine from the state of Alaska while supplies last.

Vaccinations have always been free for those in the state of Alaska who qualify. The administrative fee, however, will only be waived through the end of March 2014.

Flu vaccinations are available as shots or nasal sprays and protect against H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, which is the dominant strain this flu season.