Winneshiek Medical Center has seasonal influenza vaccines available to the public. Influenza vaccines are offered through two venues this year: Community flu Clinics and through regular appointments with your health care provider.

Community flu clinics

Anyone age nine or older may receive the influenza vaccine at the Walk-In Community Flu Clinic, located inside the main entrance on the north side of the medical center. Only the injection form of the vaccine will be given at these clinics.

The vaccination cost at the Community Flu Clinics is $25 and is payable at the time of service. WMC will accept cash, check, credit card or Medicare cards at the Community Flu Clinic.

No private insurance cards or Medicare Advantage Plans will be accepted to cover the cost. No appointments are needed.

WMC Community flu clinic dates

• Tuesday, Oct. 2: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 3: 4-7 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 5: 7-10 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 9: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 10: 4-7 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 11: 7-10 a.m.

Mabel Community flu clinic

• Wednesday, Oct. 24: Noon - 3 p.m.


Appointments

Winneshiek Medical Center offers the influenza vaccine at any time with a clinic appointment. Both injection and mist forms of the vaccine are available through an appointment with your health care provider. Private insurance cards will be submitted for this service at the patient's request. Call 563-382-2911 to schedule an appointment.

Who should receive the influenza vaccine?

The influenza virus is always present in our environment, but its peak times are between September and late March. Receiving the vaccine at this time will provide increased immunity to seasonal influenza. All people six months and older should receive the vaccine, unless they are:

• Infants less than 6 months of age

• People who are allergic to eggs, egg products, or to any component of the vaccine

• Anyone with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

• Anyone who is sick or has a fever - the vaccination should be rescheduled

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population develops influenza each year, leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations from related complications and about 36,000 deaths.

Seasonal influenza vaccines have a long and successful track record of safety and effectiveness in the United States.