Jefferson County Health Department
Adult Influenza Vaccine Available
The Health Department currently has ADULT Influenza Vaccine available. Adult Influenza Vaccine Fee is $35 or no charge for individuals with Medicare Part B. Please note the Health Department is unable to bill a Medicare HMO or Medicare Replacement Plan. The Health Department can bill regular Medicare Part B. Adults on Medical Assistance will need to go to their medical provider or a local pharmacy to receive the adult flu vaccine.
Children’s Influenza Vaccine Available
CHILDREN’S Influenza vaccine is also available at the Health Department for children 6 months to 18 years of age who have Badger Care or are uninsured.
Individuals can receive the Influenza Vaccine at the Jefferson County Health Department, located at 1541 Annex Road, Jefferson, on Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments are needed!
School Age Free Vaccine Clinics Scheduled
The Jefferson County Health Department is offering vaccine clinics at schools throughout the County this fall. All vaccines will be free of charge with donations accepted. The purpose of the clinics is to test the Health Department’s ability to set up mass vaccination clinics. The clinics are also being held to encourage families to immunize their children against influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases such as tetanus, chickenpox, measles and polio.
Due to funding cuts at the federal level the Health Department will not be able to supply the recommended HPV (Human Papillomavirus vaccine) or the Meningitis B vaccines this year.
These clinics are open to all school age children regardless of insurance status. All school age students: including families with private health insurance, BadgerCare/Medical Assistance or no health insurance are welcome at these clinics. As a rule, the Health Department can’t vaccinate children who have health insurance that covers vaccines. However, due to this being a “mass clinic exercise” ALL children can receive ALL available vaccines free of charge.
Only injectable flu vaccine will be available.
The Jefferson County Health Department will be offering FREE flu and school immunizations to school age children at the following locations and times:
Flu/School Mass Clinic locations, dates and times:
October 10, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Waterloo Middle School, 865 N. Monroe Street, Waterloo
October 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Jefferson West Elementary School, 900 W. Milwaukee Street, Jefferson
October 18, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cambridge High School, 403 Blue Jay Way, Cambridge
October 24, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Palmyra Elementary School, 701 Maple Street, Palmyra
November 7, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Middle School, 310 S. 4th Street East, Fort Atkinson
November 9, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Lake Mills Middle School, 318 College Street, Lake Mills
Stop the Flu!!
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. This year the Influenza Vaccine protects against four strains of the flu. The intranasal vaccine will not be available again this year.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and Influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
An annual seasonal Influenza Vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. This includes people who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu. People who have certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, should also be vaccinated. Pregnant women, people younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2) and people 65 years and older are also at high risk of complications.
People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications should also be vaccinated and include household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old and all health care personnel.
Influenza vaccine is not approved for children younger than 6 months of age. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to Influenza vaccine should generally not be vaccinated.
Flu vaccination should begin soon after vaccine becomes available. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, until the end of February. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before Influenza begins spreading in their community.
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant Influenza vaccine).
For more information about Influenza or the Influenza Vaccine contact the
Jefferson County Health Department at 920-674-7275.
Website updated 10/06/2017