Pass the potatoes at holiday dinners, not the flu

December 17, 2009 —

Today’s post is a health public service announcement:

Seasonal flu will soon be arriving in our community. Even if you have been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus you need to protect yourself against seasonal influenza.

If you have not been vaccinated against seasonal influenza you still have time, before the holiday travelling and festivities begin, to take the single most effective step to avoid getting the flu.

Seasonal flu vaccinations (mist and shots) are available at Polk County Health Department, 1907 Carpenter Avenue (Monday-Friday, 9-4). A $15 donation is suggested. Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Wellmark and Humana will pay for the cost in full. Bring your insurance, Medicare or Medicaid card.

Share this message, not the flu, with others you know. Send an email. Post it on your Facebook page. Tweet it.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.
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    Thanks for all the details…more importantly for creating the awareness.I will certainly pass on the message.Thanks again.