The Morton County Courthouse
will be Closed
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Please have a Safe & Happy Holiday
It's That Time of Year Again & Flu Season is Just Around The Corner
What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
The Center for Disease control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
If you remember last year, Morton County was hit hard and early with flu activity. This year is predicted to be an even more aggressive flu season, thus we would like you to get your flu shot early in the season to decrease the overall number of circulating flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.
Getting your flu shot is not just for you, you are also helping protect others in your family and people in the community as well. In fact, the more people that are vaccinated against the flu the less likely we are to have widespread flu activity in the community.
In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands often to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
This year's Morton County Flu Clinic sponsored by the Morton County Health Department will be Tuesday October 1, 2013 at the Morton County Civic Center from 7am to 6pm. Flu shots will be $30. You can do private pay, or Medicare or we can bill insurance companies that are in network* with the health department. *If you have any questions, you may call the Morton County Health Department at (620) 697-2612.
After the Flu Clinic, flu shots will also be available at the Morton County Health Department as a walk in; and at the Morton County Medical Clinic by appointment.
We will be giving 2013-2014 Fluzone trivalent influenza vaccine for ages 6 months and up at the Morton County Flu Clinic as well as Fluzone High Dose influenza vaccine will be available for age 65 and above.
Why is a higher dose influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose) available for adults 65 and older?
Aging decreases the body's ability to develop a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine should give older people a better immune response and therefore provide better protection against influenza.
If you have any additional questions about the Flu or would like to visit further about some of the myths attached to the Flu vaccine, please call the nurses at the Morton County Health Department or visit with your physician at the Morton County Medical Clinic.
Morton County Health Department, the physicians of the Morton County Medical Clinic and the Morton County Emergency Medical Services would like to decrease the number of flu cases in the county; please help us by getting your flu shot. Together, our combined efforts are making a positive difference in Morton County!
Brought to you by: Morton County Health Department
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