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. Only 29% of children and 35% of adults in Lincoln County received their flu shot last year, according to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
While flu mist also known as the nasal spray is not recommended this flu season due to low effectiveness, the flu vaccine or flu shot will be available. The flu shot did perform well last flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated.
“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot,” said Mindy Schwarz, 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.”
Last year in Lincoln County seven residents were hospitalized due to the flu. In Wisconsin flu season hit those 65 years and older the hardest; however there was an increase in the adult population under 65. Seasonal flu is usually spread from October through May in the United States. Flu and problems from flu are serious; please get vaccinated.
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 from Sept. 14 through Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
In Tomahawk, the Adult walk-in flu clinics will be held at Nelson’s County Market, 662 N. 4th St.: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bradley Town Hall, 1518 W. Mohawk Dr.: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
The cost of the Quadravalent flu shot is $36 for adults. The Health Department can bill Traditional Medicare, Advocare and Railroad Retirement. They are unable to bill any other Medicare Advantage Plans or private insurance. 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 on Facebook.