Health board OKs fee increases, opens flu clinic

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Fee increases averaging 25 percent were approved by the Allegheny County Board of Health on Wednesday for inspections and permits in the plumbing, solid waste, food safety and housing programs.

In the food service division, for example, annual permit fees for supermarkets rose to $340 from $266.38; for restaurants with liquor to $270 from $213.80; and for seasonal farmers markets to $70 from $52.50.

The board also heard a report by Sharon Silvestri, chief of the infectious diseases program, about the opening of the county's flu vaccination clinic Monday. The clinic, at 333 Forbes Ave. in Oakland, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary.

Ms. Silvestri said the vaccine is provided free to uninsured or underinsured children 6 months through 18 years old. The flu vaccine is also a covered benefit to individuals with Medicare Part B coverage who are not in an HMO and may get vaccine from any Medicare-approved provider. The charge for others is $25.

The vaccine protects against three strains of influenza virus expected to circulate this season: N1H1 Type A; H3N2 Type A; and a Type B virus.

Ms. Silvestri said there are no indications of any flu vaccine shortages this year. No cases of flu have been reported in the county as yet, she said.

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