Vaccine For Children Program (VFC). Vaccine is free of charge if your child meets the following requirements: child has no health insurance, child is American Indian or Alaskan Native, child is enrolled in Medcaid or child is under-insured.
Individuals can purchase the vaccine at full cost at the day of the clinic.
We also accept most major health insurances. With insurance, no money is collected at the time of the vaccination; services are billed directly to insurance. Any remaining balance is billed to the client after insurance has paid for its portion of the service. The Health Department accepts the following insurances:
Wellmark (Blue Cross, Blue Shield)
North Iowa Community Health Care
Medicare Part B
What is Influenza?
Seasonal influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each fall. Every year in the United States, on average:
5-20% of the population gets the flu
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and
About 36,000 people die from flu every year
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Some people develop more serious medical complications, such as pneumonia.
In February 2010, the CDCs advisory committee on immunization practices expanded the recommendation for annual influenza vaccine to include all people ages 6 months and older.
Influenza – Pertussis – the Common Cold: How do you tell the difference? Review this comparison chart from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
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