Access and Answers to Mental Health Services: Community Forum Planned for Oct. 17

Transylvania County is working to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of all its residents. One part of this is ensuring that people know when and how to access mental health care for themselves and their loved ones. “Access & Answers: A Community Forum on Mental Health Services in Transylvania County” will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Rogow Room at Transylvania County Library. All community members are invited to come learn how to get support for themselves and the people they love. The forum will begin with a panel of representatives from the regional care manager Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, RHA Mobile Crisis, Meridian Behavioral Health Services, Mission Health, Blue Ridge Community Health, private practitioners, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Transylvania Advocates. These representatives will share information about what services their agencies offer in Transylvania County, how people can contact these agencies to request services, and when people should reach out to them and seek support. After the presentation, these and other local mental health and behavioral health providers will be available to talk with attendees, to share additional information and answer questions about their services. Thanks to sponsorships from Hendersonville Pediatrics, SAFE, and United Way, light refreshments will be provided. The forum is being coordinated by Transylvania County, Transylvania Public Health, and Smoky Mountain LME/MCO. For more information, contact Tara Rybka at (828) 884-313 ext.241 or...
Flu Shots Now Available

Flu Shots Now Available

FOR EVERYONE: Transylvania Public Health is now offering flu shots for 2016-2017. The flu can be serious, especially in young children and older adults. It can cause fever, headache, extreme tiredness and body aches. Flu is very contagious and people can be sick for a week or more. The single best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all people (ages 6 months and up) be vaccinated against the flu. The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season, and FluMist will not be offered by Transylvania Public Health for 2016-2017. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications, including children younger than 5, and especially children younger than 2 years old, adults 65 years of age and older, women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and people who have medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system due to disease or medication. Flu shots at Transylvania Public Health cost $41, but some people are eligible to receive flu vaccine at no cost, and we may be able to file with your insurance provider so you will have no out-of-pocket cost. VACCINE COST AND BILLING INFORMATION The flu vaccine costs $41. Many private insurance carriers cover vaccines at 100% and children who have no insurance, Medicaid, or Health Choice receive flu vaccine at...