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Should You Get Your Flu Vaccine?

KRHC to offer October flu vaccine clinics

Wondering if you should get your flu vaccine this year?

The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that all people ages 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccination. Kossuth Regional Health Center is offering a series of flu vaccine clinics on upcoming Tuesday and Thursday nights in the KRHC Clinic in Algona. Clinics are scheduled for October 9, October 11, October 16 and October 18, all offered between the hours of 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. No appointment is needed – just walk in.

For those not billing their vaccination to insurance the cost is $30 for the flu shot and $40 for the flu mist. Please bring your Medicare or insurance card if you plan to bill insurance for the vaccine.

“The October clinics will be a great opportunity for farmers who were busy with the early harvest and others to come in and get their annual flu vaccine,” said Community Health nurse Mary Hilbert. “The flu virus changes and evolves all the time as it makes its way around the world, so it is important to get your flu vaccine every year. This year’s vaccine protects you against two new strains of the flu that have not been included before.”

The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends an annual flu vaccine for anyone age 6 months old, but especially for those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications, such as pneumonia and hospitalization. Those high risk groups include children under age five, adults over the age 65, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions, such as a weakened immune system, diabetes or chronic lung disease. Some children 8 years old or younger may need two doses of flu vaccine, spaced at least four weeks apart, to achieve optimal protection.

 “It’s also important for those who come into contact with those groups to get vaccinated, such as parents of a newborn baby, daycare providers, people who works with elderly populations or those who work in health-related services,” Hilbert said.

A new option is available for the flu vaccine is available this year for adults age 65 and older - the traditional flu shot and Fluzone High Dose. Fluzone High Dose is designed specifically to address the age-related decline of the immune system to trigger a stronger immune response following influenza immunization. Fluzone High Dose is licensed only for ages 65 and older and will be available for those with Medicare Part B. Flu has been confirmed in Iowa and is spreading.

For more information on flu, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluHome. Flu information and consent forms are available online at www.krhc.com. Information is also available by phoning the Flu Hotline at 515-295-4451 or 800-603-8433, ext

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