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Flu shot clinics set in county

The Otter Tail County Public Health Department will offer the flu immunization clinics again this year. Both state and local public health officials are urging people to get their flu shot so they will be protected by the time flu season gets underway this year in Minnesota.

Because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective, September and early October is generally the best time to get immunized. Although it is difficult to predict exactly when the flu season will arrive, the first Minnesota cases are usually reported in late November or early December.

The following is the schedule for their community clinics:

Monday, Sept. 14

9-10 a.m. Dalton (Community Center)

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Clitherall (Council Rooms)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Vining (Community Center)

3-3:30 Urbank (Community Center)

Tuesday, Sept. 15

9-10 a.m. Bluffton (Community Center)

10:30-11:30 Deer Creek (Community


Wednesday, Sept. 16

9-10 Erhard (Town Hall)

10:30-11:30 a.m. Elizabeth (Community


2-4 p.m. Underwood (Community Center)

Thursday, Sept. 17

9-10 a.m. Richville (Senior Center)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dent (Senior Center)

2-3:30 p.m. Vergas (Community Center)

The charge is $35 for the flu immunizations or they will bill Medicare or Minnesota Health Care (PMAP) insurance. They ask that you bring your health insurance cards with you in order for them to bill your insurance.

Your chance for Medicare updates

There will be changes to the prescription drug program plans and also to the health plans (Medicare Advantage Plans).

Lyle Hoxtell, Otter Tail County Public Health Coordinator on Aging, will be traveling with the Public Health Flu Clinics. He will be available to briefly talk with you and set up a time for further discussion.

If you want a recommended drug plan comparison for 2010, bring along your Medicare Card and a list of all your prescription drugs, including name of drug, dosage and how many taken per month. Lyle will complete a comparison and then discuss any recommended changes after the new drug plan information is available after October 15.