Time to get flu shot, influenza reported
Area health department
confirms first flu cases
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) in McCook. The organization and the Center For Disease Control both recommend influenza vaccination for everyone six months and older this season.
“The flu season typically peaks in February. Although the first case of influenza in the eight-county health district has been reported in November, it does not mean that influenza may not be a risk to you,” according to Tami Herskowitz, SWNPHD surveilance nurse.
Influenza is highly contagious and is caused by the influenza virus. The virus is spread from person to person primarily through droplets, which are released when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The Chase County Clinic is offering flu shots at both the Imperial and Wauneta sites, which are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Clinic Manager Ronda Sargent said a large supply of the vaccine came in Nov. 11 and is in good supply. “We’re ready to rock and roll,” she said.
The vaccines include the $36 nasal vaccine for babies, and the $25 fluzone for ages 36 months through age 63; the intradermal for ages 18-55 and the high dose for the elderly.
Sargent suggested people check with their insurance companies to see if they will pay for the vaccine.
Questions may be directed to the clinics at 882-7299 in Imperial or 394-5593 in Wauneta.
Appointments may be made, but are not necessary for a vaccination.
The following individuals are at highest risk for influenza: children younger than five and especially younger than two years; adults 65 years of age and older, and pregnant women.