The first batch of flu vaccine has arrived at the Ellis County Health Department and doses are available for those who want the shot.

“We’re just now starting to get vaccines,” said county Health Administrator Kerry McCue. “I think we got 100 doses of the flu vaccine this last week.”

McCue made the announcement Monday evening to the Ellis County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting at the Ellis County Administrative Center.

“Last year you came to the meeting and gave us flu shots,” said Commissioner Barbara Wasinger.

“Well, we can do that,” McCue replied, adding. “We’ll set that up and do that again.”

Wasinger asked when people could start coming in to the health department at 2507 Canterbury Dr. for the shot.

“They can come in anytime now because we’re starting to get them and we’re starting to establish some of the clinics that we do in the community,” McCue said.

The health department charges insurance companies $35 for a dose, up from $30 in 2017. The high dose is $65, up from $60 in 2017.

McCue said health officials are willing to give flu shots at other locations too.

“We go to several locations in the community and if there’s anyone wanting to establish a clinic we’ll be happy to do that,” he said. “We’ll go to any business that would like us to come.”

The fees were increased to reflect changes in the prices of vaccines, he said. Ellis County Commissioners approved the increases, along with the prices of some other county health services, Monday evening.

In other county business, the commissioners voted to make changes to personnel policies to reflect that the county will become a non-unionized work place as of Jan. 1, 2019. Commissioners made no changes to the policies, but said they’ll revisit the issue prior to when they go into effect.