State waiving administrative fee for flu shot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State health officials say they'll waive the administrative fee for the flu vaccine for certain Alaskans in an effort to get more people immunized.

The health department, in a release, says state-supplied flu vaccine is available for free for those under the age of three. Older individuals can qualify, too, if they meet certain requirements, such as having no insurance or having an insurance plan that doesn't cover vaccines.

The department says those who qualify have always been able to get the shot for free but were required to pay the administrative fee. That $28 fee is being waived through March at all state public health centers and the Anchorage Public Health Center.

Alaska has recorded more than 240 lab-confirmed cases of the flu.

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