Linn County Health Department Administartor Vanessa Lincoln spoke to KMZU’s Sandi Wilson about the flu clinics being offered this month.

Vanessa Lincoln

With the cooler winter months approaching, we all know how important it is to protect ourselves from illness. The Linn County Health Department wants to keep their residents healthy by administering flu vaccinations beginning this month.

Starting on Wednesday, October 8th, there will be a drive-thru clinic at the South City Park in Brookfield from 2:00-6:00 p.m. where residents can receive the vaccine by injection. One important thing to note it children age 17 and younger will not be eligible for the drive-thru vaccinations.

Linn County Health Department Administrator Vanessa Lincoln says patrons who are age 65 and older will be eligible for a higher dosage. “We will be giving the mist which is a quadrivalent at the office. It’s available for kids and adults up to age 49. At the drive-thru we will only be giving injections.”

Other clinics offered in Linn County are: Wednesday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Linneus Community Building, Wednesday, October 29th from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Marceline Walsworth Building and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bucklin Community Building. The last clinic will be Wednesday, November 12th at the Linn County Health Department from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

“We do ask that you bring your Medicare or Medicaid cards because we will bill them accordingly. We do ask for a donation if a person does not have Medicare or Medicaid. We ask for $15.00 but we will give it to anyone and, again, we try to keep it to our county residents because they are our tax payers,” says Lincoln.

If you have a child age 17 or younger whom you would like to get vaccinated against the flu this season, you do need to make an appointment by calling the Linn county Health Center at 660-258-7251.