Gundersen St. Joseph's prepares for flu season in Hillsboro, Elroy and Wonewoc
With the new season upon us, fall reminds us of the importance of scheduling our annual flu shots.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot – a recommendation which has been in place since 2010. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
People who are at higher risk of developing complications related to the flu include, children under 5, adults aged 65 and over, pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum, as well as those individuals who are dealing with medical conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disorders, and those with a weakened immune system.
Gundersen St. Joseph's has launched designated flu shot clinic days at Wonewoc, Elroy and Hillsboro clinics during October and November.
"We have designated days for flu shot clinics to help manage demand at each clinic. The vaccine is administered by a nurse so an appointment with your provider is not necessary. Patients do not need to wait for the designated flu shot clinics and are welcome to schedule their flu shot at any time, however these dates are when we will have more nurse appointments available," says Kristie McCoic, Clinic Operations Officer at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics. "If you have a regular appointment scheduled with your provider, you can receive your flu shot during that appointment as well."
Flu shot clinics are available at Hillsboro Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 19 and Friday Nov. 3, at Elroy Clinic on Friday Oct. 27 and Friday, Nov. 10, and at Wonewoc Clinic on Friday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 9.
To schedule your flu shot, contact Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics at (608) 489-8000. For more information on flu, visit gundersenhealth.org/flu.