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Flu Shots Continue to be Effective After the Holidays and Are Still Available at VMH Community and Home Care

Vaccination now can still provide protection for the remainder of the flu season, which can last as late as May.  Flu Shots are still available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Public Health Office.  Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine and will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

Flu shots are available with an appointment each Wednesday afternoon during the weekly immunization clinic in the Community and Home Care Department located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon.  Appointments can be made by calling them at 568-5660.

Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine are all available. The cost for a flu shot is $45.  Medicare does cover the costs.  Billing for vaccinations will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their Medicare number or private insurance card with them. If you do not have insurance that covers these you can also pay for these vaccines.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

Please check with your local family practice physician if you have any questions about your eligibility for the influenza vaccination.

While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, it’s also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3Cs: cover coughs and sneezes; clean hands frequently; and contain germs by staying home when ill.

For more information, please call the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Office at (563) 568-5660.