Patients Can Receive Vaccinations at ThedaCare Physicians and FastCare Sites or at ThedaCare At Home Flu Clinics
The leaves changing color not only means fall is here, but also that influenza season is fast approaching. To fight the flu, ThedaCare™ is offering three convenient options this year for people to receive their seasonal influenza shots.
Patients can choose to see their ThedaCare Physicians provider, visit a ThedaCare FastCare clinic or attend a ThedaCare At Home flu shot clinic to receive their seasonal vaccination. People can choose either a traditional flu shot or FluMist, which is administered via the nose. For people over the age of 65, a high-dose vaccination, which has four times as much antigen as the regular shot, is also available. Most insurance providers and Medicare cover flu shots.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available for adults. People over the age of 65 are encouraged to receive this vaccination, which helps prevent pneumonia. Medicare covers the cost of the vaccination.
“The influenza vaccine is one of the most important and easiest ways to prevent yourself and the ones you love from getting sick,” said Jennifer Frank, MD, a family practice physician at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah West. “The vaccination helps stop the spread of influenza in the community so individuals who can’t receive flu shots, such as newborns or patients with immune-suppressed systems, have a better chance to stay healthy.”
While Dr. Frank said experts advise that everyone receive an annual flu shot, some groups, such as children ages 6 months to 18 years old, pregnant women, people over the age of 50, people living with a chronic medical condition, people living in nursing homes, and healthcare workers are considered high-risk and should definitely receive the vaccination.
“I encourage my patients to get immunized as soon as the vaccine becomes available since the start of the flu season is unpredictable and can begin as early as October or November,” Dr. Frank said. “It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for the antibodies to provide full protection against the flu so if you wait until you hear people are getting sick, it might be too late.”
ThedaCare Physicians and FastCare
Patients can call their ThedaCare Physician office to schedule an appointment. The staff will handle any insurance billing needs and add any shots patients receive into their electronic medical record.
Patients can also walk into one of two area FastCare Clinics, which are in the Shopko in north Appleton, and the Shopko Express in Darboy, to receive a flu shot. FastCare will handle the insurance billing and if you are a ThedaCare patient, your medical record will be updated. Please note, FastCare can only administer flu shots to patients who are 2 years or older.
ThedaCare Physicians and FastCare also offer FluMist, a nasal spray flu vaccine for patients ages 2 to 49. Please note FluMist may not be appropriate for all patients in that age range depending on some health restrictions.
ThedaCare At Home™ Flu Clinics
People can call the ThedaCare At Home flu clinic hotline at (920) 730-3472 for clinic locations and times. No appointment is needed to attend, but everyone must be 18 years or older. Medicare Part B covers the cost of the flu and pneumonia shots so please bring ALL Medicare and insurance cards with you. All non-Medicare insurance will be handled with only cash and checks. Staff members will also add any shots received in ThedaCare patients’ electronic medical records.
Dates and locations of flu clinics:
- Thurs., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Piggly Wiggly, 520 E. Northland Ave.
- Thurs., Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Thompson Community Center, 820 W. College Ave.
- Sat., Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m., at ThedaCare At Home, 3000 E. College Ave.
- Sun., Oct. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 312 S. State St.
- Wed., Oct. 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the YMCA, 218 E. Lawrence St.
- Sat., Nov. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at ThedaCare At Home, 3000 E. College Ave.
- Sat. Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at ThedaCare At Home, 3000 E. College Ave.
- Wed., Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shopko Hometown, 291 S. Main St.
- Wed., Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Greenleaf Wayside Bank, 1608 Day St.
- Tues., Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall, W6860 Parkview Drive
- Mon., Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fox West YMCA, W6931 School Road
- Tues., Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wolf River Community Bank, 309 E. Main St.
- Thurs., Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Heart of the Valley YMCA, 225 W. Kennedy Ave.
- Fri., Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kimberly Municipal Complex, 515 W. Kimberly Ave.
- Tues., Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New London Senior Activity Center, 600 W. Washington St.
- Thurs., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Festival Foods, 308 N. Shawano St.
- Tues., Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piggly Wiggly, 1919 N. Shawano St.
- Thurs., Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omro Community Center, 130 W. Larrabee St.
- Wed., Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 240 W. 9th Ave.
- Mon., Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waupaca Senior Center, 407 School St.
- Fri., Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Dick’s Family Foods, 400 High St.
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