Protect yourself, your family and your community this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. This fall, Myrtue Medical Center’s Department of Public Health is offering a variety of flu clinics throughout Shelby County. Our goal is to protect all residents from complications related to influenza by increasing influenza immunization rates in Shelby County. In addition to the variety of flu clinics offered in Shelby County, Myrtue is hosting Ayzlee’s Flu Clinics in Harlan, Elk Horn and Irwin. Ayzlee McCarthy, of Elk Horn, IA was diagnosed with influenza A and B on December 27, 2014 and passed away at the age of 3 on December 29, 2014 from septic shock, secondary to influenza. The “Ayzlee’s Flu Clinics” honor Ayzlee McCarthy and promote the importance of the flu vaccine.
- The Harlan Ayzlee’s clinic will be held on Friday, October 12th from 4-7:00 PM at the Community Health Building at 2712 12th Street.
- The Elk Horn Ayzlee’s clinic will be held Monday, October 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Elk Horn School, 4114 Madison Street.
- The Irwin Ayzlee’s clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 25th from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Irwin Elementary School, 100 Eva Street.
Influenza remains a top ten leading cause of death in Iowa, yet can be prevented by receiving a yearly flu vaccine. Some people are at higher risk for complications of influenza which makes receiving the vaccine very important. People at higher risk include:
- Pregnant women
- Children, particularly those younger than 2 years of age
- Adults age 65 and older
- People who have certain medical conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and lung diseases.
Individuals with these risk factors are protected when they receive the flu vaccine and also when those around them are immunized. Additionally, infants under six months of age are not old enough to receive the flu vaccine. The best way to protect young infants is to vaccinate family members and caregivers in order to provide a “cocoon of protection”.
While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity usually occurs in late fall and winter, but can last as late as May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, making fall a great time to get the flu vaccine.
You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine. Fight the Flu! More information about available flu vaccines for the 2018-2019 season can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html .
To schedule your appointment for the flu vaccine or for questions, call Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422 or go online at www.shelbycountyclinics.com.