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Medical providers to start influenza vaccinations

Discussions between Beyer Medical Group, Madison Medical Center and Rural Health Clinic and the Madison County Health Department have determined the group’s consensus to begin seasonal influenza vaccinations in September. The collaboration among the medical providers in Madison County and our ability to work jointly on health issues strengthens the health care for our citizens.

The Madison County Health Department will begin their vaccination clinic 7 to 11:30 a.m.  and 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013.     

The physicians and nurse practitioners at Madison Medical Center and Rural Health Clinic will begin their clinic on Sept. 9, 2013.  For an appointment please call 783-4111.  

To schedule an appointment at Beyer Medical Group please call 783-8875.

If you have specific questions regarding influenza vaccinations or influenza disease contact your health care provider or the health department for assistance in answering your questions.

Influenza (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. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, such as cancers, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May. This is because the timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While flu season can begin as early as October, most of the time seasonal flu activity peaks in January or later.

Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:

People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.

People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.

People who developed Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.

Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).

People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.

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