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Seasonal flu vaccine clinics start early in Rock County

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GINA R. HEINE
September 8, 2009
— Just roll up your sleeve, stick your arm out the car window and get your flu shot.

It can be just that easy as more places offer more convenient flu shots earlier this year.


Janesville Family Health Center, for example, is offering drive-up flu shots Sept. 17 for the first time after receiving positive reactions for years at its Beloit office.


“It’s gone over quite well,” said Cindy Groves, clinical manager. “People really appreciate (it).”


That ranges from busy people getting their vaccines on the noon hour to older folks who have a difficult time getting in and out of a car to parents with carloads of kids, she said.


Only adults can get the drive-up flu shots, and the arm must make it out of the window. There won’t be any crawling into the backs of vans, she said.


But remember: The seasonal flu shot will not protect against the swine flu, or H1N1.


The Centers for Disease Control is recommending flu shot providers start giving shots earlier this year so they’re ready to give the swine flu vaccine later, Groves said.


Nobody knows for sure, but local officials guess they’ll receive the swine flu vaccine in October.


“We’re putting an emphasis on it early this year because we want to get as many people vaccinated early this year so we will be able to provide H1N1 vaccines when they become available,” said Karen Cain, health officer at the Rock County Health Department.


More people likely will get the seasonal flu vaccine this year because of the heightened awareness, Cain predicts.


“There’s a lot of interest this year,” Groves said.


Her clinic provides shots for employers in the workplace, and she said she’s seeing an increase in the number of employees requesting the vaccine.


Getting a flu shot is important every year, Cain said.


“It’s really no more important this year than any other year, but I think there’s more awareness of it this year because of what’s going on with H1N1,” she said.


SEASONAL FLU SHOT CLINICS

No appointments are needed unless noted. Note: This may not be a complete list of area offerings.


-- Aurora Pharmacy (inside Woodman’s), 2819 N. Lexington Drive, Janesville. (608) 756-0949.


9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. $30.


-- CVS Pharmacy, 1832 W. Court St., Janesville. (608) 752-9286.


1-5 and 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Adults only.


-- Dean Riverview Clinic, 580 N. Washington St., Janesville. (608) 755-3500.


8 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4; Thursdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 15, 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3; and 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 8.


-- Mercy Health System, appointments are required unless otherwise noted. To make an appointment, call a location near you. $25.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, Mercy Beloit Medical Center, 2825 Prairie Ave., Beloit. (608) 363-5500.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7, Mercy Brodhead Medical Center, 2310 First Center Ave., Brodhead. (608) 897-8664.


9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, Mercy Delavan Medical Center, 1038 E. Geneva St., Delavan. (262) 728-4301.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Mercy Edgerton Medical Center, 217 N. Main St., Edgerton. (608) 884-9431.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Thursdays, Oct. 8 and 22, Friday, Oct. 30; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Walk-ins only, Mercy Health Mall, 1010 N. Washington St., Janesville. (608) 741-3800.


9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Mercy Lake Geneva Medical Center, 350 Peller Road, Lake Geneva. (262) 249-0221.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 14, Mercy Milton Medical Center, 725 S. Janesville St., Milton. (608) 868-5800.


9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Walk-ins only, Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, Highways 50 and 67, Lake Geneva. (262) 245-0535.


8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Mercy Whitewater Medical Center, 507 W. Main St., Whitewater. (262) 473-0400.


-- Janesville Family Health Center, 1321 Creston Park, Janesville. (608) 757-1217.


Drive-up flu shots: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17


Walk-in flu shots: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9; 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 16; and noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. $30.


-- Rock County Health Department, 3328 Highway 51, Janesville. (608) 757-5440. By appointment from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Fridays.


Beloit office, 61 Eclipse Center, Beloit. (608) 364-2010. By appointment from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Satellite clinics:


1-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Edgerton Public Library, 101 Albion St., Edgerton.


1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Milton Gathering Place, 715 Campus St., Milton.


10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 312 S. 3rd St., Evansville.


10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Orfordville Lutheran, 210 N. Main St., Orfordville.


1-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Clinton Senior Center, 508 Front St., Clinton.


9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Scoville Apartments, 545 Public Ave., Beloit.


10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Beloit Senior Fair, 2460 Milwaukee Road, (Central Christian Church), Beloit.


1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Riverview Heights Apartments, 930 Washington St., Janesville.


8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Janesville Senior Fair, 25 S. Pontiac Drive, (Marshall Middle School), Janesville.


9 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 6, at Evansville Senior Fair, 320 Fair St., (Evansville Community Center), Evansville.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Women’s Expo, 2809 N. Pontiac Drive, (Pontiac Convention Center), Janesville.


-- Target, 2017 Humes Road, Janesville. (608) 757-0834.


Everyday starting Friday, Sept. 25, through flu season. Adults only. $24.


-- Schnucks Pharmacy, 1501 Creston Park Drive, Janesville. (608) 752-7431.


10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13; 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, or call for other walk-in times. Adults only. $24.


-- Shopko, 2500 Humes Road, Janesville. (608) 754-7450.


5-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, and 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 19. $30.


-- Walgreens, 601 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. (608) 755-9805. Adults only. $24.99.


10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sept. 30, and 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 and Oct. 29.


Walgreens, 1740 Center Ave., Janesville. (608) 757-1261.


10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sept. 30; 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1; 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.


Walgreens, 1717 Milton Ave., Janesville. (608) 754-2278.


10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sept. 30; 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1; 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.


Walgreens, 2519 Kettering St., Janesville. (608) 754-0007.


10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sept. 30; 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1; 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.


-- Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3800 Deerfield Drive, Janesville. (608) 754-3030.


11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10. Medicare Part B participants have no co-pay. Other costs not available.


-- Walworth County Health & Human Services, W4051 County NN, Elkhorn. (262) 741-3140.


Immunization clinics are available for children and parents at: 3-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month; 3-6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month (flu vaccine won’t be available today); 9-11 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month, and 1:30-3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month.


WHO SHOULD GET THE SEASONAL FLU VACCINE?

People who want to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated, said Karen Cain, health officer at the Rock County Health Department. Certain people who are at higher risk from developing complications should particularly consider getting the vaccine.


They include:


-- Children age 6 months to 19 years old


-- Pregnant women


-- People 50 years old and older


-- People who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or respiratory problems


-- People living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities


-- People, such as health care workers, who care for high-risk people


-- People who have high-risk people in their home



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