Now is a great time to receive a flu vaccination, if you haven’t already received it. It takes about two weeks for the body to respond to the vaccine, so getting the vaccination now means a person should reach full immunity before the typical peak of the flu season, between December and February. Flu vaccination is especially important for those at higher risk for serious flu-related complications, such as
children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with asthma, diabetes and other chronic health conditions. It’s also helps protect people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies, the elderly, or those with chronic health conditions. Although the vaccine will not prevent every case of the flu, getting an annual vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of serious illness.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the following steps can be taken to protect yourself and others: If you aren’t feeling well, stay home. If your children are ill, keep them at home. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Wash your hands often.
Flu vaccinations are offered at a variety of health care locations throughout Rice County and are typically covered by health insurance. In addition, Rice County Public Health has flu vaccine available for those who are uninsured.Walk-in immunization clinics are held every Tuesday at the Rice County Public Health office from 1:00-4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary. For more information about the flu or how to obtain a flu vaccination, contact your regular health care provider, Rice County Public Health at (507) 332-6111, or visit: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director, (507) 332-6111
Diane Winkels, Rice County Public Health Supervisor, (507) 332-6280
Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121