Flu shots available
This season’s flu vaccine is available now at the Oneida County Health Department. According to a press release, a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The health department is recommending that all people six months and older get a flu shot, especially those at higher risk of complications from the flu. This includes children, pregnant women, people age 50 and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes.
The Oneida County Health Department is again offering the High-Dose influenza vaccine, designed specifically for people 65 years and older. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine gives older individuals a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against the flu. Appointments are not necessary for flu shots at the Oneida County Health Department; stop in between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Additional flu clinics will be held mid-September through mid-November throughout the community. The Oneida County Health Department bills Medicare, Medicaid, and some Medicare Replacements (Card must be presented at time of service). Cash and check are also accepted. For more information contact the Oneida County Health Department at (715)369-6111.
Oh! The things you can do when you don’t have the flu! In the United States, each year an average of 5%-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. The result of this illness leads to thousands of hours spent for doctors’ visits, and missed work and school.
This year show the community what you will do when you don’t have the flu! Post a photo of you participating in one of your favorite “flu season” activities to the Oneida County Health Department’s Facebook page, #donthavetheflu. All participants will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 Visa Gift Cards. The drawing will take place on November 30th, 2015 and winners will be contacted via Facebook.