Battle lines against the influenza bug are already being drawn in Door County. The county public health department has announced that its first flu clinics will be held next week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, everyone six months & older should get a flu shot this fall. Rhonda Kolberg, Director & Health Officer for the Door County Public Health Department, says the vaccine for the 2013/2014 influenza season is intended to protect against three different flu viruses…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1462.mp3|titles=Rhonda Kolberg]
Some of the vaccine is also intended to protect against a fourth strain of flu, the B Brisbane. Children will receive that vaccine, while adults get the vaccine with three strains. Kolberg says there are specific individuals who should not hesitate to get inoculated for the flu. She says that includes caregivers for children under six months of age…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1463.mp3|titles=Rhonda Kolberg]
Clinics are planned for Washington Island & Sister Bay on Thursday & Friday of next week. The fee for flu vaccine is $30 cash or check. Those using straight Part B should bring a card. The Door County Public Health Department cannot bill for Medicare HMO’s. For more information, call 746-2234.