The Fairfield County Health Department has embarked on an effort to vaccinate residents to ward off seasonal influenza.

The Fairfield County Health Department has embarked on an effort to vaccinate residents to ward off seasonal influenza.

In Pickerington, a clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive. Clinics also are planned throughout October in Sugar Grove, Millersport, Carroll, Amanda, Bremen, Rushville, Pleasantville and at the Fairfield County Fair.

Vaccinations will be free for senior citizens who present their Medicare Part B or Medicaid cards, and $25 for all others.

"This is for the 'seasonal flu,'" said Frank Hirsch, Fairfield County health commissioner. "We're planning a mass immunization for the H1N1 virus - the swine flu - later this month."

Additional information about flu shots can be obtained by calling the Fairfield County Health Department's flu shot hotline at (740) 653-4489, extension 130.

Hirsch said he hopes residents in Pickerington, Violet Township and throughout the county will get immunized for the seasonal flu. He said homebound persons can call the community health center to schedule an appointment for a health department nurse to administer flu shots in their homes.

Later this month, Hirsch said, the federal government is expected to release an H1N1 virus vaccine. He said everyone living in the county should consider receiving those shots, which will be given for free, because health officials are concerned about a worldwide pandemic.

There have been two confirmed cases of H1N1 in Fairfield County. Both people have recovered.