Flu Shots available at all WMC Clinics

Released: 10/06/17

Protect yourself, your family and your friends from the flu

Winneshiek Medical Center offers flu shots at Decorah, Ossian and Mabel Clinics

To make it easier for you to protect your health and the well-being of those you care about, Winneshiek Medical Center offers convenient access to flu vaccinations at Decorah Clinic, Ossian Clinic and Mabel Clinic.

Regular and high-dose flu vaccines are available at any time with a clinic appointment, or you may simply walk in and request a flu shot at Decorah Clinic (8am-4:30pm), Ossian Clinic (7:30am-3:00pm) or Mabel Clinic (7:30am-1:30pm). You may have your insurance billed, use Medicare Advantage plans, or you may choose to pre-pay $27 at the time of service.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends all people 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine. The injection is the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. No flu mist will be offered, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We also provide high-dose flu vaccine for people age 65 and older.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) people should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading. It is especially important for pregnant women to get vaccinated because of their increased risk for influenza-related complications. Pregnant women can get vaccinated during any trimester, including the first.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.

People who should not get the flu shot:

People who should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot:

  • If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/egg-allergies.htm) for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
  • If you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

For more information or to request an appointment for your flu vaccine from Winneshiek Medical Center, call 563-382-2911 or request and appointment at www.winmedical.org/make-an-appointment.

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