Annual flu vaccines are now available at McFarland Clinic. Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps protect you once the flu season starts in your community. If possible, try to have your flu vaccine done by October 31. Flu vaccines will continue to be given throughout the 2017-2018 flu season.
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 especially 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
Flu Clinics are scheduled at McFarland Clinic offices. If you do not see your primary care office, call to schedule a flu vaccination.
Ames Adult Medicine
Please schedule an appointment by calling 515-239-4432.
Please schedule an appointment by calling 515-239-4404.
|Tuesdays||4:00 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Wednesdays||8:00 am - 8:30 am, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Thursdays||4:00 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Saturdays||8:30 am - 9:30 am|
Please schedule a flu shot appointment in Carroll online or call 712-792-1500.
|Tuesday, September 26||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, September 27||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
|Tuesday, October 3||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Saturday, October 7||8:30 am - 12:00 pm|
|Wednesday, October 11||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Tuesday, October 17||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, October 18||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
|Tuesday, October 24||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Saturday, October 28||8:30 am - 12:00 pm|
|Tuesday, October 31||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday, November 1||8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
Please schedule an appointment by calling 515-386-4192.
Please schedule an appointment on one of the listed dates by calling 515-382-5471.
|Tuesday, October 10||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Tuesday, October 24||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Tuesday, October 26||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Tuesday, November 7||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Thursday, November 9||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Thursday, November 16||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Thursday, November 21||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
Marshalltown Main Street Office
Please schedule an appointment by calling 641-752-0654.
|Friday, October 27||12:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|Wednesday, November 8||12:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
|Wednesday, December 13||12:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
Marshalltown Southside Clinic
Please schedule an appointment by calling 641-752-0099.
Please schedule an appointment by calling 515-733-5191.
Types of Seasonal Flu Vaccine
McFarland Clinic is offering the flu vaccine in two different forms. The type of vaccine you get depends on your age and health. McFarland Clinic will not be offering the nasal spray flu vaccine as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the intradermal vaccine.
- The “regular” flu shot is an inactivated vaccine given by needle. It is approved for people six months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
- FLUAD is an inactivated vaccine given by needle. This vaccine contains an adjuvant that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination. It is recommended for people ages 65 and older. FLUAD is only licensed for people 65 and older, who often have a lower protective immune response after flu vaccination compared to younger, healthier people.
Is it a cold or the flu?
The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, though they are caused by different viruses. Because they have similar symptoms it can be difficult to tell the difference. The flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms are generally more severe. The best way to diagnose the flu is by having a test done at your doctor’s office.
|Fever||Sometimes, usually mild||Usual, higher (100-102 F)|
|Muscle/Body Ache||Slight||Often, severe|
|Fatigue||Sometimes||Usual, can last 2-3 weeks|
|Cough||Mild to moderate||Common, can be severe|
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