LCHD holding walk-in adult flu shot clinics each Wednesday through October

For the Tomahawk Leader

LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD), 607 N. Sales St., Merrill, will hold walk-in adult flu shot clinics every Wednesday from Sept. 28 through Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Quadravalent and high dose flu vaccines are available while supplies last. The cost of the quadravalent flu vaccine is $42.00, and the high dose flu vaccine is $90.00. Traditional Medicare, Security Health Plan (Essence, Esteem and Spirit) and Railroad Retirement are accepted.

LCHD said it is unable to bill any other Medicare Advantage Plans, private insurance (Humana, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.) or Medical Assistance.

“Please bring your insurance card,” LCHD stated. “If you don’t have these insurance plans, cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.”

Individuals are asked to wear face masks at clinics.

LCHD said an annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older.

“It’s the best way to protect you and your loved ones from getting the flu,” LCHD stated. “Certain people are at higher risk for flu complications. This includes adults who are 65 years and older, people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women and children younger than five years.”

Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases can cause life-threatening complications. Symptoms can come on quickly and include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and tiredness.

“If you do get the flu after getting vaccinated, it is more likely to be a milder case,” LCHD noted.

For more information about the flu or the clinics, call LCHD at 715-536-0307.

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