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Our Annual Snapshot

We are excited to share with you our Annual Snapshot for a look into some of the highlights and accomplishments of 2017. The report takes a peak into our daily work and what we did last year to advance our goals of Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Minds & Healthy Bodies, Healthy Eating & Active Living, and Healthy Places. Kudos to our dedicated and talented staff and community members and organizations who work together to improve and protect the health of our community.

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Adults Need Vaccines Too!

It's not only children who need vaccines. Vaccines are recommended for all adults to stay healthy, and to protect others. They are even more important for adults with chronic diseases, and for adults who care for people more vulnerable to diseases, like babies and people with weakened immune systems.

  • All adults should get a flu (influenza) vaccine every year.
  • All adults should get a Tetanus or Tdap vaccine every 10 years.
  • A new zoster (shingles) vaccine (Shingrix) is now recommended for everyone 50 years and older. If you have been immunized with a previous (Zostavax) zoster vaccine, you should be re-immunized with the new vaccine for best protection.
  • Adults over 65 should get 2 different pneumococcal vaccines.
  • Adults who are 19-64 with chronic health conditions should get 1 pneumococcal vaccine. Pneumococcal vaccine is also recommended for people who smoke.
  • Adults who are 19-64 and have diabetes should get hepatitis B vaccines.

If you have health insurance, call your provider. If you don’t have health insurance, call us at (608) 266-4821 for an appointment.

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Flu Season Has Arrived: Get Your Flu Shot!

Have you gotten your flu vaccine this season? If not, now's the time. Getting the flu vaccine is the best defense you can have in protecting yourself and your family from getting the flu and its possible complications that can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. The full protection from the flu shot takes up to 2 weeks to set in, so getting the vaccine early gives you the best protection and protects you all flu season.

Supplies of the vaccine are plentiful and available through health care providers and many pharmacies. Public Health Madison & Dane County offers free flu shots by appointment for adults and children without health insurance, and for children with Medical Assistance. To schedule an appointment, call (608) 266-4821.

The flu is not a stomach bug, and is much worse than a bad cold. It causes high fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and oftentimes many days of missed work or school. Young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older and people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are particularly vulnerable to the flu. 

While the shot is the best protection against the flu, there are other ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu.