Flu Vaccines Available at Jefferson Co. Health Department

Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2011 --- 3:02 p.m.

Press Release from the Jefferson Co. Health Department:

Vaccines Available at Jefferson County Health Department
EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED
TO GET THEIR SEASONAL FLU SHOTS

Jefferson County Health Department has received the 2011 Influenza (flu) vaccine for adults. The first adult flu clinic will be Monday September 12th from 2-4 PM at the Health Department. Adult Influenza (flu) vaccine is $30.00 or billable to Medicare Part B. Adult Pneumonia vaccine is $50 or billable to Medicare Part B. (Please note: We are unable to bill any Medicare HMO’s or Medicare Replacement plans.) Please be prepared to present your Medicare Part B card at your visit for billing purposes.

The flu vaccine will be given at the Health Department office (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment necessary) and at various clinics to be held throughout Jefferson County. Please contact the Health Department at 920-674-7275 or watch the website at www.jeffersoncountywi.gov for updates.

The injectable flu vaccine will soon be available for infants and children ages 6 months through age 18 years. The Flu Mist nasal vaccine for healthy children ages 2 through 18 is currently available in limited supply.

A $10.00 per visit administration fee is charged for all routine vaccines and influenza (flu) vaccines for ages 6 months through age 18. Active ForwardHealth/BadgerCare cards are accepted to cover the administration fee or payment may be made by personal check or cash. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay the $10.00 fee.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising that anyone 6 months of age and above be vaccinated against influenza.

In addition to Influenza (flu) vaccines, the Health Department offers routine vaccinations throughout the year. A healthy school year begins with making sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date. Immunizations help students stay healthy and in school, rather than being sick at home with an illness that could have been prevented.

Vaccinations are recommended not only for children entering grades K-12, but also for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms. With the new school year started local public health officials are encouraging parents to put immunizations at the top of their lists and comply with the school immunization laws.

New state requirements target middle and high school students for a dose of the tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) and all students for a second dose of the varicella vaccine. The primary focus of the Tdap requirement is to prevent adolescents from contracting pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The second dose of varicella vaccine is to keep children from contracting chicken pox. Wisconsin teen vaccination rates for these two vaccines are well above the national average, according to a recent National Immunization Survey.

While Wisconsin traditionally ranks high on childhood immunizations, parents are advised to also be aware of new recommendations for seasonal flu vaccine. The seasonal influenza vaccine is already available in many Wisconsin communities and the recommended target group this year is now EVERYONE age six months and older.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep track of each immunization received and to ask their health care provider how to they can access their child’s immunization records through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

For information on any of the health topics mentioned here, visit these web sites:
The Wisconsin Immunization Program: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization
School health programs and related student services: www.dpi.wi.gov/sspw/index.html

“Getting the flu shot and other routine vaccines is an easy way to stay healthy,” states Gail Scott, Director of Jefferson County Health Department. “Please contact the Health Department to find out when and where you can get immunized.”


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