The best way to protect yourself against the seasonal flu is to get a flu shot each year. Getting a flu shot also prevents you from passing the virus to people in high-risk populations like babies, pregnant women, elderly people, and people who have chronic diseases. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated each year.
Flu vaccinations are now available at the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC). There are three simple ways to receive a flu shot at MCHC:
(1) Flu Shot Clinics – held at MCHC, no appointments necessary.
- Monday, September 23rd 3 to 7 p.m.
- Monday, September 30th 7 a.m. to noon
- Friday, October 11th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(2) Office Visit – The vaccine will be given during a physical or appointments to address health concerns.
(3) Vaccination-Only Appointment – Call 507.642.5200 to schedule an appointment. A member of our nursing staff will give the vaccine.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can even lead to death. Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches
What can you do to protect yourself and others?
- Get vaccinated for the flu.
- Avoid exposure to others who are sick with a flu-like illness.
- If you are not feeling well, stay home. If your children are ill, keep them home.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your
- Clean your hands often – with soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Take special care to protect infants. Try not to expose them to large crowds when flu is in your
community, and avoid close contact between the baby and family members who may be sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread this way.
- Do not share drinking cups and straws.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces often (door knobs, refrigerator handles, light switches, phones,