LCHD offering adult drive-thru, walk-in flu clinics in October
For the Tomahawk Leader
LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) announced on Friday, Sept. 24 that it will be offering adult drive-thru and walk-in flu vaccines clinics in October.
LCHD noted that this is the second year it has provided drive-thru flu vaccine clinics.
“Last year was the first time we offered drive-thru flu clinics, and we were unsure how it would be received by the public,” said Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for LCHD. “What we learned was that this is a preferred option for many. We received feedback on the convenience, efficiency and safety of these clinics and wanted to provide a drive-thru option again this year.”
Adult drive-thru clinics will be held at the Merrill Festival Grounds, 2001 E 2nd St., Merrill, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Entry will be on Memorial Drive. In the event of inclement weather, the linics will be held at the Merrill Enrichment Center, 303 N. Sales St., Merrill.
Adult clinics will be held at LCHD, 607 N. Sales St., Suite 101, Merrill, on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
“An annual flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and is recommended for everyone six months and older,” LCHD stated. “Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe and in some cases can cause life-threatening complications. Symptoms can come on quickly and include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, and tiredness. If you do get the flu after getting vaccinated, it is more likely to be a milder case. If symptoms do develop, it’s recommended to get tested to determine if you have the flu or another respiratory illness, like COVID-19 or Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).”
The cost of the quadravalent flu vaccine will be $40. The high dose flu vaccine is also available for $70. Traditional Medicare, Security Health Plan (Essence, Esteem and Spirit), and Railroad Retirement will be accepted. LCHD said it is unable to bill any other Medicare Advantage Plans, private insurance (Humana, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.), or Medical Assistance.
“Please bring your insurance card,” LCHD said. “If you don’t have these insurance plans, only cash or checks are accepted.”
Vaccines will be available while supplies last. LCHD said face coverings will be required for all individuals receiving a flu shot.
For more information about the clinics, call LCHD at 715-536-0307.