WMC has flu vaccines available
For millions of people each year, the flu can bring a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, chills, and days spent in bed instead of at work or school. However, you may not realize that more than 200,000 people are estimated to end up in the hospital from flu complications each year in the United States. And while unpredictable, the flu can be deadly. Between 1976 and 2007, CDC estimates that annual flu-associated deaths in the United States have ranged from a low of about 3,000 people to a high of about 49,000 people.
“The single best way to prevent the flu is good hand washing along with an annual flu vaccine,” says Brian Dougan, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System internal medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center. “The vaccine is a safe way to protect yourself from the flu and potentially serious complications like pneumonia.”
Winneshiek Medical Center offers both injection and mist forms of the vaccine, which are available by appointment. Private insurance cards may be submitted for this service at the patient’s request. Call 563-382-2911 to schedule an appointment.
Who should receive the influenza vaccine?
The influenza virus is always present in our environment, but its peak times are between September and late March. Receiving the vaccine at this time will provide increased immunity to seasonal influenza. 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