Mahaska Health Partnership to Hold Flu Vaccine Clinics on Wednesdays

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Flu season is approaching and Mahaska Health Partnership wants patients to know vaccination clinics have been scheduled on the Oskaloosa campus.

From Sept. 20 through Oct. 25, MHP will host flu vaccine clinics on Wednesdays. On these days, patients can walk-in at entrance #4 to get a flu shot between 7 am to 6 pm. Regular flu vaccine and high dose will be offered and patients can choose to bill insurance or pay cash; unless they qualify for the vaccines for children program.

“The purpose of the Wednesday clinics is to make it as simple as possible for people to get this valuable vaccine,” MHP Public Health Coordinator Patty Malloy, RN, stated. “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends anyone age six months and older be vaccinated. Since it can take up to two weeks for protection to develop after receiving the vaccine, it’s important to come in as soon as you can.”

Flu vaccines are $35 for regular dose, and $70 for high-dose, available to those 65 years and older. “We are not offering the flu mist because the CDC deemed it ineffective,” Malloy said. “As the primary healthcare provider in Mahaska County, we want to offer our patients the best protection possible. The injected vaccine offers the best protection from influenza.”

If walking in on a Wednesday does not work for a person’s schedule, flu shots can be administered during a patient’s regular appointment with their primary care provider or during a hospital stay. If you need a vaccine during a different time, please call to make an appointment with the Medical Group at 641.672.3360 or Public Health at 641.673.3257.

According to the CDC, the flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days.

Malloy stressed the importance of a flu vaccine for all members of your family. “There are some individuals who are unable to get the vaccine. If you can be vaccinated, you will be helping protect those who can’t. Follow good hygiene practices by covering your coughs and washing your hands properly too. If everyone takes the proper precautions, we can minimize the effects of influenza on our community this season.”

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information on how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.

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