It is flu season again, and the Johnson County Public Health Office wants to let everyone know the vaccines are available and clinics have been scheduled for the next few weeks.
Ann Jarvis, Public Health Nurse for Johnson County, tells us why getting the yearly flu vaccine is a good idea.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has changed their recommendations over the years, Jarvis said, to include everyone older than six months to get a flu vaccine. The CDC indicates that the vaccine is not just for a few high-risk groups, although some groups are high-risk and should definitely get the yearly vaccine.
Those groups include pregnant women, children, those 50 and older, and those with lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. Also, health care workers should always get the vaccine, Jarvis said.
There are still some groups that should not get the vaccine.
The public health office offers the vaccines for a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away.
Flu clinics are scheduled at Public Health on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Call ahead to make sure they can get you in. The first big public flu clinic will be next Wednesday, October 5th at the Buffalo Senior Center from 8 am until noon.
Again, they ask a $20 donation, and they can bill Medicare Part B.
For more information on the flu vaccines or to schedule a time for your vaccine, call Public Health at 684-2564.