Flu Immunization Clinics In October
This year’s first flu immunization clinic for Emmetsburg will be held at the VFW Hall on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. The clinic is being held by Palo Alto County Health System.
This clinic is open to anyone who is on Medicare or private pay (cash or check). Those filing with insurance or with Medicaid are asked to attend another flu immunization clinic scheduled at a Family Practice Clinic location so insurance can be filed.
Information on the dates and times of these clinics and others throughout the county can be found in the local newspapers and at the PACHS’ web site at www.pachs.com.
Doors Open 8 a.m.
On Oct. 16, the clinic doors will not open before 8 a.m., so there is no need to get to the VFW early. Please enter the VFW at the Northeast entrance where volunteers will be ready to help with directions and paperwork. The flu vaccine is $27 per person. Those with Medicare should have their Medicare card available.
A drive-up station will be available for those who have trouble walking, or who use a wheelchair or walker. The drive-up will be located on the west side of the VFW, with cars entering the location from King Street, then turning west on 8th Street to Cleveland on the west side of the VFW. Signs will be posted.
Consent Forms Online
For those with Internet Access, a flu vaccine consent form is located on the hospital’s web site at www.pachs.com. For faster service, print the form and fill out information prior to the flu clinic. (Consent forms will also be available at the flu vaccine sites.) Click on the link on the website homepage to locate the form. At that same location is a schedule of the county flu immunization clinic sites and information about the flu vaccine.
Peg McNally, 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 first large clinic. The drive-up will be a great benefit to those who use a walker or wheelchair.”
McNally continues, “The optimal time to get your flu shot begins in October and goes through December. The protection from the flu shot lasts for six months and does not become effective until approximately two weeks after it is given. The peak flu season is in February.”
Who Should Receive
A Flu Shot?
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 six months to five 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 six 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.
Other flu clinics scheduled are: West Bend Family Practice Clinic, Tuesday Oct. 14, 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Ayrshire Community Center, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 12 noon; Curlew Community Center, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Mallard Community Center, Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Graettinger Family Practice Clinic, Friday, Oct. 24, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Ruthven Social Center, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Emmetsburg Family Practice Clinic, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m.