With flu season quickly approaching, the Jefferson County Health Department is offering flu vaccines for all ages.
Young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of having serious flu complications.
Everyone aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine, said health officials. Vaccination is also important for health care workers and those who live with or care for high risk individuals. While children younger than 6 months are at a high risk of serious flu illness, they are too young to be vaccinated. Instead, all caretakers should be vaccinated.
To prevent illness, the Jefferson County Health Department emphasized the importance of being vaccinated. The department will offer many opportunities throughout the county for vaccination, which costs only a $10 administration fee per person. Residents can also use an active ForwardHealth, BadgerCare or Medical Assistance card at check-in. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay.
The adult flu vaccine costs $30 and the adult pneumonia vaccine costs $70. These vaccines are free with a Medicare Part B card.
A special clinic will be held at the Health Department Office for flu vaccines and school vaccines for children. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and no appointment is needed.
Vaccines are available each week at the Health Department Office located at 1541 Annex Rd. in Jefferson. No appointment is needed to get the vaccines, which are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional walk-in clinics for flu and pneumonia vaccines will be available in Palmyra on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This clinic will be at United Methodist Church, located at 122 N. Fifth St.
Vaccines will be offered in Fort Atkinson on Monday, Oct. 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Atkinson Senior Center at 307 Robert St.
The vaccines are available in a shot or a nasal spray.
For more information about influenza vaccines, visit the Jefferson County Health Department website.