It’s that time again…to get your flu shot
(Des Moines, IA) - At the Polk County Health Department and at many clinics and pharmacies, flu season is in full swing. Each year, we are adding more flu clinics to our schedule and seeing individuals visit our walk-in flu clinic daily.
Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director said, “Don’t lose out on precious moments with your family, get vaccinated. Getting the flu takes time away from your family and loved ones.”
The flu is more than just a stuffy nose or a sore throat. It can cause symptoms such as coughing, headaches and fatigue that can last for up two weeks. Most people will feel miserable for at least a few days and will then recover but for some, like the elderly and kids or people with chronic diseases, the flu can cause pneumonia and may require hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu.
“When you get a flu shot, you protect those around you. Babies under the age of six months are not able to get the flu shot. If they get sick, infants and toddlers are also more likely to experience flu complications,” said Kozin.
The flu shot is safe, effective and affordable. The vaccine can be found at your local health department, clinic and pharmacy with walk-in appointments accepted and little or no wait times. In addition most health insurance plans cover the flu shot with little or no copay.
The Health Department will be hosting its annual drive thru flu clinic on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 AM to noon at the Polk County Health Department (1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, Iowa). “Swing through our drive thru flu clinic while running your morning errands or getting a cup of coffee. It’s fast, convenient and will help you stay healthy this flu season,” states Kozin.
If you are unable to attend the drive thru flu clinic, the Health Department hosts many community flu based clinics. Visit our web site at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health to find the schedule. To speed up the process at the flu clinics, individuals can download the consent form from our web site and bring the completed consent form to the clinic. Consent forms are in both English and Spanish.
For updates or changes in the clinic schedule, please call the Polk County FluLine, (515) 286-3609. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Don’t forget to bring your insurance card to the clinic. The cost for those without insurance is $20.