Winneshiek Medical Center offers influenza vaccine to public

Released: 09/28/16

The Centers for Disease Control recommends all people 6 months and older should receive the vaccine. 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.

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 in the Decorah, Ossian or Mabel Clinics or you may choose to stop by one of the Community Flu Shot Clinic events.

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.

WMC Community Flu Clinics

(located at WMC’s Main Entrance)

Anyone age nine or older may receive the influenza vaccine at these clinics. No appointments are needed and only the injection form of the vaccine will be given. Cost is $27 per person, payable at the time of service. WMC accepts cash, check, credit card or Medicare cards; and we will not be submitting to commercial insurance or Medicare Advantage plans at these clinics. If you’re using your insurance or a Medicare Advantage Plan, please call to make a convenient appointment at the clinic of your choice in Decorah, Ossian or Mabel 563-382-2911.

  • Tuesday, October 4 at the Mabel Clinic from 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 6 Flu Shot Clinic and FREE Glucose Screening at WMC’s Main Entrance from 7-10 a.m.
    • A free Diabetes Screening includes: blood glucose check (fasting preferred), BMI, weight, height, waist circumference, and blood pressure.
  • Thursday, October 13 Flu Shot Clinic at WMC’s Main Entrance.
    • 4-7 p.m.

Who should receive the influenza vaccine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February. CDC recommends all people 6 months and older should receive the vaccine, unless they are:

  • Infants less than 6 months of age
  • People who are allergic to eggs, egg products, or to any component of the vaccine
  • Anyone with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • Anyone who is sick or has a fever – the vaccination should be rescheduled

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.

People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, however, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. 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.

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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