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Flu Vaccination Clinics Scheduled Throughout Palo Alto County

September 14, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County Health System has scheduled flu vaccination clinics throughout Palo Alto County with the largest clinic scheduled at the VFW Hall in Emmetsburg on Friday, September 15, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. This clinic has multiple vaccination stations, a drive-up for those who have difficulty walking, and many volunteers that can serve a large group of people efficiently and quickly. This clinic is open to anyone presenting a standard Medicare card or private pay (cash or check). Those wishing to file with insurance, with a Medicare PPO (preferred provider plan), or with Medicaid are asked to attend another flu clinic scheduled at a Family Practice Clinic location so your insurance can be filed.

When attending the flu vaccination clinic on Friday, please enter the VFW at the northeast entrance where volunteers will be ready to help with directions and paperwork. The flu vaccine is $30.00 per person. Those with Medicare should have their Medicare card available.

A drive-up will also be available at this clinic for those who have trouble walking. The drive-up will be located on the west side of the VFW. To use the drive-up clinic, please follow the posted signs.

Sara Strohman, RN, Director of Community Health Services commented, "This will be one of our largest flu clinics this fall, and we will have plenty of staff and volunteers on hand that day to facilitate a large number of people. The VFW has plenty of parking, no stairs, and a large room so it is an ideal place to have our large clinic.

Strohman continues, "The optimal time to get your flu shot is now. The protection from the flu shot lasts a full year and does not become effective until approximately two weeks after it is given."

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease of the nose, throat, and lungs, and it can lead to pneumonia.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in general, everyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can be vaccinated. However, those at high risk for having serious flu complications, and those who care for them are highly recommended to get vaccinated. These include children age 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, people age 50 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, people who work in nursing homes and health care facilities, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications, and home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age.

Those who should not be vaccinated without first consulting with a physician include people who have a severe allergy to eggs, those who have had a reaction to the flu vaccine in the past, children less than 6 months of age, or those who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome. People with a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

Countywide flu vaccination clinics are scheduled as follows: Emmetsburg Dinner Date, Monday, September 18, 11:30 am to 12:00 noon; Ayrshire Community Center, Tuessday, September 19, 8:30 am to 9:30 am; Mallard Community Center, Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 am to 9:30 am; Curlew Community Center, Tuesday, September 19, 11:30 am to 12 noon; Ruthven Social Center, Thursday, September 21, 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

In addition, Family Practice Clinics in Emmetsburg and West Bend have walk-in flu clinics, Monday through Friday, 9 am 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Family Practice Clinic in Graettinger has walk-in flu clinics Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.



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