By getting flu vaccine you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others. Flu shots are now available at the Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic. There are three simple ways to receive a flu vaccine:
• Flu Shot Clinic – held at the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic, no appointments necessary. Monday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Office Visit – The vaccine will be given during a physical or appointments to address health concerns.
• Vaccination-Only Appointment – Call (507) 642-5200 to schedule an appointment. The vaccine will be given by a member of the nursing staff.
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children and the elderly. Influenza symptoms include fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny or stuffy nose. Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza.
Young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system – can get much sicker. Flu can cause high fever and pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. Each year thousands of people die from influenza and even more require hospitalization.
Take precautions to help protect yourself and others from getting the flu.
• Cover your cough.
• Wash your hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Get vaccinated.