Area health systems to offer walk-in flu shot clinics in October
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -
Our vocabularies gained several new words this year— social distancing, pandemic and coronavirus.
Health systems are using another one in hopes of avoiding it— ‘Twindemic.’
Health officials recommend getting the flu shot earlier this year.
As COVID cases continue to increase in western Wisconsin, Gundersen Lutheran Health System is looking to avoid another virus, the influenza, by offering flu shot clinics starting next month.
“It’s more important than ever that we get our flu vaccines” said Bridget Pfaff, the Gundersen Infection Control director. “I think each year 40 percent of people get their flu vaccine here in the United States, we would like to see that be higher.”
The flu shot clinics open on October 12 at both the Onalaska and La Crosse Gundersen campuses.
No appointments are necessary and you do not need to be a Gundersen patient.
Flu shots are also available through scheduled appointments.
Unlike COVID-19, younger children are at higher risk for influenza.
“Anyone ages six months and older should be getting that flu shot,” Pfaff added. “Moms who are pregnant protecting their unborn child through immunization is a key right now as well.”
Pfaff says those 65 and older are able to get a high-dosage flu shot.
If you are afraid of needles, a nasal spray vaccine is available for ages two through 49.
Health systems say it’s important to get any form of the vaccine to prevent coming down with COVID and the flu at the same time.
“We do hope to see prevention of hospitalizations, prevention of complications related to influenza,” Pfaff explained. “Influenza causes deaths every year.”
Mayo Health System in La Crosse is also hoping to avoid a ‘Twindemic’ by offering a similar clinic Wednesday-Friday starting October 7.
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