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Flu season can begin by October; flu shots begin at Health Center in SL

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

It's that time of year again...Time to prepare for flu season. United Community Health Center can help you and your family stay healthy this winter. Flu shots are now available at our health center located at 630 Ontario, Storm Lake location during center hours for the small fee of $15.00.

You may be asking "Who needs a flu shot? When should it be administered?"

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. However, it is recommended by ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) that certain groups of people get vaccinated each year.

People who should receive flu vaccine include those at risk of complications if they get influenza disease, and adults and children who live, work, or may come in contact with people at high risk. These groups specifically include:

* All children 6-59 months of age

* All persons 50 years of age and older

* Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

* Adults and children with chronic medical conditions

* Children and adolescents (aged 6 months--18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, to prevent the risk of Reyes' syndrome;

* Adults and children with weakened immune systems

* Adults and children who have any condition (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders or neurological disorders that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or increase risk of aspiration

* Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

* Health care workers

* There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include:

* People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.

* People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.

* People who developed Guillain-Barr syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.

October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December and later. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, but typically peaks in February.

Flu vaccine works by making the body produce substances, called antibodies that attack the influenza virus. These antibodies are what help to protect against infection.

Flu shots are available at United Community Health Center, 630 Ontario, Storm Lake, Monday through Saturday. Appointments are not necessary, although an appointment is appreciated by calling 712-213-0109. Cost for the flu shot is $15 per person. Those with insurance coverage, Medicaid and Medicare can have their flu shot directly billed to their insurance by United Community Health Center. New patients are welcome.

United Community Health Center Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Thursday: 9a.m.- 8p.m.

Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m.-to 5 p.m.

The office is closed during the noon hour 12- 1 p.m..

Employers wishing to schedule an "on-site" Flu Shot event with United Community Health Center may contact the center at 712-213-0109 for a scheduling time.

United Community Health Center is an integrated health care system, with accessible and affordable services, meeting the quality of life for all residents living in the service area. It is the mission of the United Community Health Center to provide comprehensive primary care services to anyone including those with insurance and the uninsured/underinsured.

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