The Manitowoc County Health Department will again host a free walk-in Flu Clinic for children 6 months through 18 years of age. On October 16, from 3:00 until 5:30pm children will be able to receive a free flu vaccine, regardless of insurance coverage. The CDC allows health departments to use flu vaccine for mass clinics regardless of insurance coverage in order for the health department to be prepared for an emergency. No appointment is necessary for the flu clinic.
Proven safe and effective, the flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccination.
“Getting a flu shot for your child every year is important because it not only protects them from flu, but it also helps protect others,” says Mary Halada, public health nurse manager at the Health Department. ”The best way to protect against flu is to get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available. Flu can be very serious, especially for children. We’re glad we are able to offer this clinic to our community.”
To receive a vaccine, children must be between the ages of 6 months and 18 years. Children not yet 19 will also be able to receive a vaccine. A parent or guardian must accompany all children to the clinic in order to receive the flu shot.
“The whole process is really very easy and it saves parents a good amount of time and money,” says Halada. “I encourage the community to come take advantage of the free Flu Clinic.”
For more information about flu or the free Flu Clinic, call the Manitowoc County Health Department at 920-683-4155.