Health Dept. says: Flu surging here; not too late for flu vaccine

The Kenosha County Division of Health wants you to know that there’s a surge in local flu cases going on, but it’s still not too late to get a flu vaccination.

From a news release from the health division:

The Kenosha County Division of Health is advising residents that it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. This comes as Wisconsin and Kenosha County begin to see an increase in cases of influenza. Symptoms of influenza include: • fever greater than 100 degrees • body aches • coughing • sore throat • respiratory congestion • and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting. Vaccine recommended for everyone six months and older. Both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the CDC recommend everyone six months and older receive the flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; those who care for or live with them; health care workers; and people 65 years and older should make getting vaccinated a priority. Every flu season is different and people are affected by the flu differently. Even healthy children and adults can become very sick from the flu. There are some people who cannot be vaccinated therefore, it is important for those who can get the flu vaccine, to do so and protect those vulnerable populations who could become seriously ill. To reduce the spread of influenza, it is important to practice the 3 C’s – • Clean – properly wash your hands frequently • Cover – cover your cough and sneeze • Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

The flu vaccine is available from the Kenosha County Division of Health at three locations:

  • Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 & 50, Bristol. Monday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CLOSED 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.; Tuesday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., CLOSED 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.; Wednesday 7:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.; Thursday 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; CLOSED FRIDAYS.
  • Wellness Center, Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency, 2000 63rd Street, Kenosha. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.; 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Closed Monday.
  • Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Medicare Part B and BadgerCare are accepted. Please bring immunization records (if available) and a BadgerCare Card (if enrolled). An  administrative fee for the vaccine may apply.

For more information or, please call the Kenosha County Division of Health at (262) 605-6700, (800) 472-8008, or visit www.kenoshacounty.org.

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