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Flu Vaccinations at Mills County Public Health

Date: 2017-10-12

Time: 9 am - 11 am

Location: 212 Independence, Glenwood

Mills County Urges Annual Flu Vaccination Mills County joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in encouraging all residents to get their yearly flu vaccination. “The flu vaccine is safe and it saves lives,” said Sheri Bowen, Agency Administrator for Mills County Public Health. “Healthy people, including healthy children and young adults, can get very ill from the flu and can spread the flu to others. By getting a yearly flu vaccine, you can protect yourself from illness, and protect those around you.” It’s especially important to be vaccinated if you have regular contact with people more vulnerable to the complications of flu, including babies, children with asthma, and the elderly. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older. This year’s flu vaccine is plentiful and available in the injectable (‘shot in the arm’) option; the vaccine protects against the three most common flu viruses expected to circulate this year. Mills County Public Health is offering several types of vaccine at their clinics including a “High Dose” recommended for those age 65 and over and VFC funded vaccine that is available at no charge for qualifying children ages 6 mo. – 18 yrs. Charges for flu vaccine vary depending upon your provider. Mills Co. Public Health is charging $60 for the High Dose Flu Vaccine; $35 for the Regular Flu Vaccine. Medicare will be billed for those who are recipients and present their card at the time of vaccination. Upcoming clinic dates are as follows. All clinics are held at Mills County Public Health located at 212 Independence here in Glenwood. Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, muscle pain, dry coughing, sore throat, and runny nose. In children, diarrhea sometimes accompanies the respiratory symptoms. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses. Others get sick when they breathe in the air containing the flu virus. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (like a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose. Who needs a Flu Vaccination? You do! When you attend clinic, please bring you or your child’s immunization record and your Medicare Card if applicable. For more information and a schedule of Flu Clinics in your area, contact Mills County Public Health 527-9699, visit the MCPH Website at www.millscoi.us or visit the IDPH website at www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx


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