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Worried about getting the flu?
- Get vaccinated
- Avoid ill people
- Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizers often

Has the flu found you?
- Symptoms include
fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, possibly vomiting or diarrhea
- If you think you have the flu, stay home except to see your medical provider
- Cover your mouth when you cough
- Use a tissue on your nose
- Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizers often

For more information, please visit

Fire prevention week is October 5-11, 2014

Harvest fires can cost millions of dollars each year, even when the weather has not been warm and dry.  Plant materials may smolder unnoticed for 15 to 30 minutes or longer before spreading.  Windy conditions may cause fires to spread quickly, affecting not only the field where the fire started, but also nearby homes and towns.  Equipment damage and injury to farm workers and fire fighters are also considerations to keep in mind.

According to the Iowa State Extension website, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent fires: remove crop materials and grease from machinery, check coolant levels daily, prevent oil or fuel leaks, frequently remove plant materials from areas that may become hot, and inspect and clean areas near fuel tanks and lines.

Should a fire occur, call 911 immediately.  Ideally, your combine is equipped with two type ABC fire extinguishers, a 10 pound one in the cab and a 20 pound one at ground level, as well as a shovel.  Know how to use your fire extinguishers. P–Pull the pin in the fire extinguisher handle. This allows you to squeeze the handle and release the extinguishing agent. A–Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.  If the spray is not directed at the base, then the chance of extinguishing the fire is lost. S–Squeeze the handle firmly to start the flow of extinguishing agent. Starting and stopping extinguishing agent flow is controlled by squeezing the handle. S–Sweep the fire extinguisher back and forth–not too fast or too slowly because it does make a difference in how effective you’ll be in extinguishing the fire.

Refer to the Iowa State extension site for more information on field fire prevention.

Take a fire alarm safety quiz at

combine fire

Family Flu Clinic Schedule


Appointments Required for Harlan Clinics Only.  Call 755-4422 or visit

15 Flu Vaccine Clinics For All Ages

Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St.Wednesday, October 112:00 – 3:00
Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St.Friday, October 310:00 – 2:00
Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St.Wednesday, October 81:00 – 6:00
Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St. HealthFriday, October 101:00 – 3:00
Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St. OfficeMonday, October 1310:00 – 2:00
Irwin - Irwin Community Building, 504 Ann St.Tuesday, October 1410:30 – 12:00
Earling – St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 212 2nd St.Friday, October 179:00 – 11:30
Westphalia – St. Boniface Parish Hall, 403 Duren St.Friday, October 171:00 – 2:00
Defiance – Defiance Fire Hall, 205 3rd St.Tuesday, October 219:00 – 10:30
Shelby – Shelby Community Building, 500 East St.Tuesday, October 211:00 – 2:30
Avoca – Avoca Public Library, 213 N. Elm St.Wednesday, October 2212:30 – 2:00
Harlan - Community Health, 2712 12th St. OfficeSaturday, October 259:00 – 11:00
Panama – Panama Fire Hall, 411 Park Ave.Wednesday, October 29 9:00 – 10:30
Portsmouth – St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 412 4th St.Wednesday, October 2912:00 – 1:30
Elk Horn – Lutheran Church, 4313 Main St.Monday, November 39:00 – 11:00

(Elk Horn – Town Hall as back-up; 4212 Main St.)

Flu Shot & Mist Consent Form 2014

Helpful Hints:  Adults should wear short sleeves.  We encourage the FluMist nasal spray for all eligible children and adults ages 2-49,

Cost & Payments:  Medicare Part B will pay for High Dose and regular “quad” dose.  Anyone who has Medicare Part B needs to bring their card to the clinic.

No HMO’s or Medical HMO insurance types can be billed.  If you have an HMO plan, you must pay the full amount & a receipt will be provided to submit for reimbursement.

If you have BlueCross, hawk-i or Medicaid Insurance, bring your ID card along to process the claim.  If insurance does not pay the full amount, you will be billed later.  If you do not have your ID card with you, a cash payment is required.

For persons that do not have any of the previously stated insurance, the charge for the regular/quad shot is $35.  The High Dose is $45, FluMist is $40 and the Intradermal is $40.

Children with Medicaid, have no insurance, an insurance that does not cover flu vaccine costs or who are Native American or Alaskan Native may receive flu vaccine from the Vaccines for Children (VFC) supply provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health at no charge.  Donations are accepted to help defray expenses.

For more information call (712) 755-4422.  Any business that would like to schedule a work-site flu clinic, call Sue Hough at Occupational Health at (712) 755-4288.

Flu vaccine “shot” Vaccine Information Statement

Flu vaccine nasal mist Vaccine Information Statement

Flu vaccine shot Vaccine Information Statement for mobile download

Flu vaccine for nasal mist Vaccine Information Statement for mobile download



A disaster can occur at any time, in many different forms.  We may have a flood, a tornado, drought, community wide illness.  Now, when things are going well, is the time to prepare for when they are not. Just as you buy home and health insurance, you should prepare yourself, your family, and your community for a disaster.  There are several things you can do toward this goal:

Develop a plan: 
Where will you go if your home is flooded or hit by a tornado?  What will you do if your family is separated?   Who will need to be contacted to know you are OK, or in need of help?  Do you have the basics that you will need to get by for a few days on your own?

Have a go-kit: 
Set aside a bag that you can grab as you run out the door with back-up medications, a change of clothes, something to keep the kids entertained, extra batteries, a flashlight, or your insurance policy numbers.

Share your plans:
Let people know how to respond if they are with you, or where to find you.  Does your babysitter know the best evacuation route for your home? Plan a contact outside of the area everyone can reach to get updates on your status.

Practice your plan:
Practicing your plan will help you and your family to remember it, as well as identify areas that may need improvement.

Stay informed: 
Be aware of approaching weather, pay attention to the warnings that are issued.

Remember your neighbor: 
A community will recover better by relying on its members.  Does your neighbor need help evacuating?  Will your community need help cleaning up or rebuilding?  Volunteer.  Register at I-SERV to join Iowa’s list of volunteers willing to pitch in when needed.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

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