Where to Get a Flu Shot near Port Washington
The CDC says the number of flu cases in Wisconsin for the first week of November are low so far, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider getting a shot. High flu time is coming in January.
Naomi Dassow, a registered nurse with the North Shore Health Department, said you can still get vaccinated for high flu time, which is expected to peak in January.
"The peak of the influenza season is often in January or February, or even later," Dassow said. "All ages should be vaccinated, because all are susceptible to become ill with the flu."
Those most at risk are very young children and the elderly, Dassow said, because they can develop pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, or even chronic medical conditions. Women who are pregnant should also consider a flu shot, she said.
The Ozaukee County Public Health Department has finished their scheduled flu clinics, however, you can still get a flu shot at the health department. Walk-ins are welcome.
There are plenty of other places in the area to get flu shots, including most pharmacies.
Walgreens: 829 E. Green Bay Ave., Port Washington
- Flu vaccinations are available at Walgreens daily. Walk in anytime or schedule an appointment by clicking here. Most insurance accepted.
CVS Pharmacy: W63n152 Washington Ave., Cedarburg (nearest location)
- CVS offers flu shots everyday. They also accept insurance and Medicare Part B. They have vaccines for both adults (including the new, smaller-needle intradermal vaccine for ages 18-64) and children 18 months old and younger. Walk-ins are welcome, but shoppers can also schedule appointments by clicking here.
Why should you get a flu shot?
Dassow said it's as simple as most people that have actually had influenza, don’t want to ever get it again.
"It can mean several days of cold symptoms with the addition of fevers, chills, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue," she said. "The flu is spread by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. A person can touch surfaces that have been in contact with the virus and also get ill when they touch their mouth or nose."
Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs.
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated as early as possible, as it takes a few weeks to reach full immunity.
Many employers and community organizations also offer flu shot clinics, and non-profit organizations and local governments may offer vouchers for free shots.
To find other places to get a flu shot locally, check out the Flu Vaccine Finder.