The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza (flu) is to get the vaccine every flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season. The flu vaccine, which is safe and inexpensive, can reduce flu-related illnesses, doctors’ visits, and hospitalizations, and has been shown to be life-saving.
While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu, including:
- Older people
- Young children
- People with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long-term health conditions, and
- Pregnant people
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. In Wisconsin, this season often begins in October and can last as late as May. Getting vaccinated before the flu virus begins spreading in the community is recommended. If possible, everyone should get vaccinated by the end of October.
Calumet County Public Health will offer flu vaccinations by appointment on October 5 and 12 at the Calumet County Courthouse, 206 Court Street, Chilton. Flu vaccinations will be given in Room 017, located on the lower level of the courthouse building. To schedule an appointment, please call Calumet County Public Health at (920) 849-1432 or toll-free at (833) 620-2730, ext. 4504.
For children 6 months through 18 years of age, flu vaccinations will be provided free of charge by Calumet County Public Health if:
- the child is uninsured, or
- the child is insured through Medicaid (BadgerCare Plus and other Medicaid programs), or
- the child is Native American or Alaska Native.
For adults with Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage Plan, the flu vaccination fees will be billed to those insurance plans. Please remember to bring your insurance cards to your appointments.
For all other children and adults, flu shots will be available from Calumet County Public Health for a $40 fee.
Please note: In addition to flu vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at the Calumet County Courthouse on October 5 and 12. Walk-ins are welcome for COVID-19 vaccinations, no appointment is needed. Pre-scheduled flu vaccines can be safely received on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines. Weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics are held at the courthouse on Wednesdays from 9:30 am-5:30 pm.