Wellness On Wheels (WOW) Program
- 1st Thursday - Monticello High School
- 2nd Tuesday - Delano Senior Center
- 3rd Tuesday - Cokato Library
- 3rd Thursday - Annandale City Hall
The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program promotes healthy living for individuals and families by providing teaching, guidance, support, screenings, and immunizations.
Services provided by the WOW Program do not replace regular visits to a medical provider.
- Car Seat Check**
- Community Resources
- Dental Fluoride Treatment*
- Radon Testing Kit
- Well Testing Kit
- Blood Pressure
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Pregnancy Test
- Mantoux Test (Tuberculosis Screening)
Please call 763-682-7516 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Influenza season starts now! Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated.
What is influenza (flu)?
Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness caused by viruses that attack the lungs, nose, and throat. These viruses are very different from those that cause stomach upset and diarrhea or the “stomach flu”. Flu symptoms can be mild or severe, but typically cause a cough, sore throat, body aches, and fever. Usually, influenza is more severe than a cold, and symptoms start very suddenly. Most healthy people will recover from influenza without complication, but certain people are at risk for severe complications such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization. Children under the age of 2, adults over 65, pregnant women,and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for developing serious complications from the flu. 6,446 influenza related hospitalizations, 699 influenza-like illness outbreaks in schools, and 5 pediatric deaths occurred during the 2017-2018 flu season.
Who should get vaccinated?
It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza every year. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need a second dose to be fully protected. Your Health Care Provider can help you determine if your child needs two doses this season.
When should I get vaccinated?
As soon as it is available. The typical flu season begins in October and lasts through April. It can take up to two weeks to build immunity after vaccination, but you can benefit from the vaccine even if you don’t receive it until after the flu season starts.
Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?
No. You may develop a mild fever or have general discomfort for a short time after vaccination. This is a sign that your body is developing an immune response to the vaccine; it is not the flu. Because there are so many viruses circulating around the time flu season begins, it is possible to get sick with a different virus around the same time you get vaccinated against the flu.
What type of flu vaccine is available this year?
Trivalent vaccine contains three strains of influenza (two A strains and one B strain) and is available this season. Quadrivalent vaccine contains four strains of influenza (two A strains and two B strains) and is also available. High Dose Trivalent vaccine is available for individuals over the age of 65 and contains three strains (two A strains and one B strain). Each strain of the high dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen than the quadrivalent, which is thought to develop a stronger immune response for older adults. Wright County Public Health offers quadrivalent vaccine and trivalent high dose vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that FluMist be included as an option for flu vaccines during the 2018-19 season. FluMist can be used for patients age 2 through 49 years with no other contraindications.
FluMist will not be available through Wright County Public Health; we are only offering injectable vaccine for the 2018-2019 season.
Where can I get my flu shot?
You can come to any WOW Program site to receive your flu vaccine. We accept most private insurance plans and are able to bill Medicare supplements. Call 763-682-7516 to check if we take your insurance and make an appointment.