Flu vaccination clinics to be held in Atlantic


November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic – The Iowa Department of Public Health recently announced Iowa’s first influenza case of the season.  Denise Coder, Cass County Home Care Community Health Coordinator notes, “With this fall’s warm weather, it’s difficult to remember that seasonal influenza is right around the corner.  The first Iowa case reminds us all to do those things we need to in an effort to protect our health.”

There are several things area residents can do to protect themselves.  First and foremost, get an annual influenza vaccination! The Centers for Disease Control now recommend a flu shot for everyone ages 6 months and older.  Cass County Home Care has established two additional opportunities to obtain a flu vaccination.  Both of these events will be held at the Cass County Home Care office, located at 1500 E. 10th St., Atlantic.

Monday, November 21 from 9 am – 12 pm

Wednesday, November 30 from 5:-00 pm – 6:30 pm

Injectable and mist forms of the vaccine are available.  The fee is $25, and Medicare, Medicaid, hawk-i, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances will be accepted.  For those interested, staff will also conduct blood pressure screenings at no charge.

Area residents are also encouraged to practice the three C’s, in an effort to stay healthy:  Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

For more information about influenza prevention, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm or call Denise Coder, Community Health Coordinator at (712) 243-7475.