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September 5, 2017 - 2017 Flu Season Update from Oconto County Public Health

Where can I get a flu vaccine from Oconto County Public Health (OCPH)?
Children and adults have several options to receive their flu vaccine from OCPH:

Walk in Clinics: Oconto County Public Health will hold walk in flu clinics on Monday 10/9/17, and Monday 10/23/17 at the Oconto County Courthouse, Building C, 1st Floor Jury Room. Times are 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. each Monday.

Immunization Clinics: If you are unable to make one of the walk in clinics, please call Public Health at 920-834-7000 to make an appointment for your flu vaccine at an immunization clinic in Mountain, Oconto, or Oconto Falls.

Schools: OCPH will provide FREE flu shots to students in early childhood (EC)-12th grade at their schools.
* All school students are eligible for a free flu shot, regardless of insurance or income.
* The free flu shot for students is available only at their schools (as part of a Public Health Preparedness activity).**Parents: If you have a child in school, you should have received a consent form for the FREE flu shot. If you did not receive this form, go to www.ocph.info and click on Influenza.

How much does the flu shot cost for adults?
$25 for adults with no insurance or private insurance. OCPH will give you a receipt for you to get reimbursed from your insurance. Medicare and Medicaid cover the flu shot. Please bring your Medicare or Medicaid cards when you receive your flu shot.

How much does the flu shot cost for children who are not receiving it at school?
The flu shot is FREE for children with BadgerCare, no health insurance, insurance that doesn’t cover the flu shot, or who are Native American/Alaska Native.

If you and/or your children participate in the WIC program and meet the eligibility listed above, you may receive your flu shot at your appointment starting on 10/4/17. If you would like your child/children to receive their flu shot at your WIC appointment, please call 920-834-7000 before your appointment to make sure Public Health has the correct vaccine for your child.

If your child does not meet one of the requirements above:
* Ages 6 months-2 years: OCPH does not have flu shots for this age group; please call your doctor to receive your child’s flu shot.
* Ages 3 years to 18 years: $25.

Do I really need a flu shot? Isn’t the flu just a bad cold?
Yes and no! Yes, you really do need a flu shot, and no the flu is not just a bad cold. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and up. It’s especially important if you have a baby under 6 months or someone 65 and older in your life, as the flu can be especially dangerous for those age groups.

The flu comes on very suddenly and its symptoms are headache, fever, extreme fatigue and weakness, and severe body aches. To learn more about families affected by flu, go to www.ocph.info, click on Influenza, and then “Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?”

For more information or with questions, please call Oconto County Public Health at 920-834-7000.