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Flu 2015: Vaccines Now Available

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September 18, 2015

It is impossible to predict what the 2015-2016 influenza season will bring. Flu viruses are constantly changing. Most seasonal flu activity occurs from October to May, peaking between December and February. 

A yearly flu vaccine is the most important step in protecting against this illness. A flu vaccine can help protect you and your loved ones. Receiving your vaccination as soon as it is available will allow for antibodies to build in your immune system. 

McFarland Clinic now has flu vaccines available. Call your provider's office to schedule an appointment. 

What is the Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause serious harm to children and older adults. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Symptoms which include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches and fatigue, can range from mild to severe.

Who should get vaccinated: You

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination. Getting a vaccination is very important for certain people at high risk, including:

  • Children younger than five but especially younger than two
  • Adults 65 years of age or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • In addition, people who live with or care for those at high risk of flu complications should receive a vaccination, including:
  • Health care workers
  • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than six months of age

Flu Clinic Dates at McFarland Clinic

Please call to schedule an appointment for a flu vaccination. Flu Clinics will be held at some McFarland Clinic locations. More dates are being scheduled. Please check back here or call to see if a flu clinic will be held at your primary office.

Ames Pediatrics

Please schedule an appointment at one of the listed dates by calling 515-239-4404.

Date

Time

Location

Tuesdays

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Adult Medicine Department

1215 Duff Avenue

Wednesdays

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Adult Medicine Department

1215 Duff Avenue

Wednesday afternoons

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1215 Duff Avenue

Thursdays

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Adult Medicine Department

1215 Duff Avenue

Saturdays (Oct & Nov only)

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Adult Medicine Department

1215 Duff Avenue

 

Marshalltown

Please schedule an appointment at one of the listed dates by calling 641-752-0654.

Date

Time

Location

Friday, October 2

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

312 E Main Street

Friday, October 9

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

312 E Main Street

Wednesday, October 14

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

312 E Main Street

Wednesday, October 21

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

312 E Main Street

Friday, October 23

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

312 E Main Street

Wednesday, October 21

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

312 E Main Street

 

Nevada

Please schedule an appointment at one of the listed dates by calling 515-382-5471.

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday, October 13

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

230 6th Street

Tuesday, October 20

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

230 6th Street

 

Story City

Please schedule an appointment at one of the listed dates by calling 515-733-5191.

Date

Time

Location

Thursday, October 1

8:30 am - 11:30 am

705 8th Street

Wednesday, October 7

8:30 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

705 8th Street

Thursday, October 8

8:30 am - 11:30 am

705 8th Street

Wednesday, October 14

8:30 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

705 8th Street

Thursday, October 15

8:30 am - 11:30 am

705 8th Street

Wednesday, October 21

8:30 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

705 8th Street

Thursday, October 22

8:30 am - 11:30 am

705 8th Street

Wednesday, October 28

8:30 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

705 8th Street

Thursday, October 29

8:30 am - 11:30 am

705 8th Street

 

Types of Seasonal Flu Vaccine:

The flu vaccine comes in four forms, the flu shot, nasal-spray flu vaccine, high dose flu shot and intradermal shot. The type of vaccine you get depends on your age and health.

  • The “regular” flu shot contains a killed virus. It is given by needle. It is approved for people six months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
  • Nasal-spray flu vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu. This form of vaccine is recommended for healthy children ages two-eight. It can also be used on healthy people ages nine to 49, who are not pregnant. However if you care for someone with a severely weakened immune system, then you should receive the flu shot.
  • High dose flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that is given by needle. This vaccine offers twice the dosage of the traditional flu shot. It is recommended for people ages 65 and older. Only available as trivalent.
  • Intradermal vaccine is an inactivated influenza virus vaccine that is given by needle. The needle used for this shot is 90% smaller but gives the same dose as the regular flu shot. This form of vaccine is approved for people ages 18 to 64.

What else can I do to prevent the flu?

  • Taking everyday preventative actions can further protect you from getting the flu. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread this way

 

 

 

 

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