Are You Ready to Fight the Flu?

People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated

With children back in school, and adults back to work after a busy summer, Lincoln County Health Department asks everyone to protect themselves and others by getting their yearly flu shot.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” reports Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln Country Health Department. “Flu shots should be given yearly and as soon as they are available. This is usually September or October; however, flu shots can and should still be given through late spring for those who did not receive it earlier.”The flu shot did perform well last flu season. Influenza can range from mild to severe, and in some cases can cause life-threatening complications. Symptoms can come on quickly and include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, and tiredness. If someone does get the flu after getting vaccinated, it is more likely to be a milder case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated.

Last year in Lincoln County 42 residents were hospitalized due to the flu. In Wisconsin flu season hit hard last year especially in residents 65 years and older. Seasonal flu is usually spread from October through May in the United States.  Flu and problems from flu are serious and can be avoided. Do not delay; it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to be effective.

Lincoln County Health Department is now holding flu clinics for adults, at the following sites, dates and times:

In Merrill, the Adult walk-in flu clinics will be held at

  • Lincoln County Health Department (607 N. Sales St.; Suite 101):
  • Weekly on Wednesdays starting September 19 through November 21st, 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

 In Tomahawk, the Adult walk-in flu clinic will be held at

  • Trig’s (662 N. 4th Street):
  • Monday, October 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The cost of the Quadravalent flu shot is $40.00 for adults. We are able only able to bill Traditional Medicare, Security Health Plan (Advocare), and Railroad Retirement. We are unable to bill any other Medicare Advantage Plans or private insurance for example Humana, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.). Please bring your insurance card. No appointment is necessary.

If you have more questions about influenza or times of clinics, please call Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307. For more information about Lincoln County Health Department’s programs and services, visit lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com  or find us on Facebook.  Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.

 

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