CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Beginning Monday, flu shots will be available at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
Walk-in clinics will be held on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the health department at 108 Lee St. East.
The health department will offer a new "quadrivalent<co > vaccine" that protects against two types of influenza A and two types of influenza B.
The department plans to offer cell-based flu vaccines and recombinant flu vaccines, which are alternatives to the traditional egg-based vaccines, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
The department does not currently have cell-based or recombinant vaccines but plan to offer them at some point, Gupta said.
Cell-based vaccines have some egg protein but in smaller amounts than egg-based vaccines. They can be used for patients 18 and over who have mild egg allergies, he said.
The recombinant vaccines have no egg protein and can be used in people between 18 and 49 who have severe egg allergies, Gupta said.
Any person older than 6 months, and especially those with high risks of flu-related complications, should get a flu vaccine, he said.