Several area healthcare providers are offering upcoming flu clinics to help residents prepare for influenza season.
Winneshiek County Public Health will hold a flu clinic Tuesday, Oct. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Danaan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds.
Options available from WCPH include a "quadrivalent" shot, which protects against four different flu strains and a quadrivalent flu mist, which is safe for healthy people ages 2 to 49.
There is also a high-dose vaccine available for people over 65. Seniors and children ages 6 months to 35 months will be given the trivalent (three flu strains) vaccine.
All Medicare-eligible citizens should bring their insurance information with them.
For more information, contact WCPH at 563-382-4662.
Winneshiek Medical Center will offer a number of walk-in flu clinic options.
Remaining flu clinic dates include Friday, Oct. 4, from 7-10 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 4-7 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 10, from 7-10 a.m.
Tomorrow, (Friday, Oct. 4), WMC will also offer a free diabetes screening. This includes a blood glucose check (fasting preferred), body mass index, weight, height, chest circumference and blood pressure check.
The Mabel Community Flu Clinic is Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2-5 p.m.
Both injection (trivalent) and mist (quadrivalent) forms are available through an appointment at any time. Call 563-382-2911.
Beginning next week, Gundersen Clinic in Decorah will offer three different types of flu vaccine:
Traditional flu vaccine (trivalent or quadrivalent), a shot injected into the muscle, appropriate for anyone six months and older
Intradermal (trivalent) flu vaccine, a shot that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle. This uses a much smaller needle and is approved by the FDA for use in adults ages 18-64.
Nasal spray (quadrivalent), available for people ages 2 to 49 years old.
According to Gundersen officials, Gundersen will have both the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines available.
Certain medical conditions may prevent someone from getting the vaccine of their choice. For more information about vaccines available at Gundersen, call 563-382-3140.