The Tuscaloosa County Health Department will host a drive-through flu vaccination clinic on Nov. 13.

The clinic will be held from 7 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the health department at 2350 Hargrove Road E. No appointment is needed and the clinic will continue until the supply of vaccines is exhausted.

The vaccines are free for people who have Medicaid, Medicare Part B or Blue Cross Blue Shield. Patients must bring their insurance cards. For everyone else, the vaccines cost $10.

Patients are asked to wear short-sleeve shirts.

In the case of inclement weather, the flu vaccination clinic will be held inside the health department.

For more information, call the Tuscaloosa County Health Department at 205-562-6900.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said that getting a yearly flu vaccinations is the best way to protect yourself and your family from potentially serious complications during influenza season. Among the vaccines' benefits are reducing the risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, hospitalization and even death.

The department encourages everyone 6 months old and older get vaccinated as soon as possible.

In addition to getting vaccinated, to avoid getting ill, the state health department recommends that people:

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

• Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.