Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011 --- 5:35p.m.
From Rock County Health Department:
The Rock County Health Department announces the availability of flu vaccinations. The cost is $30.00. Medicare Part B and Wisconsin BadgerCare are accepted, participants should bring their card. Janet Zoellner, Nursing Director with the health department states, "Getting the flu shot in the fall is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu." She adds, "Early vaccination is important, it takes about two weeks after the shot for the body to develop antibodies to protect against influenza virus infections."
The CDC recommends the annual influenza vaccine for all people, 6 months and older. The flu shot is safe and effective; you cannot get the flu from the flu shot. The Health Department has a limited number of high-dose flu shots for individuals over the age of 65. Medicare Part B also covers this type of flu vaccine.
Residents can get the flu shot by appointment at the Rock County Health Department Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Appointments can be made by calling 757-5440 or 364-2010. Senior citizen fairs where the flu vaccine may also be obtained are planned for October 4th at Central Christian Church in Beloit and October 28th at Marshall Middle School in Janesville.