The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people with health conditions or their caregivers.

According to Lantha Stevens, Public Health Director of Nursing, "Fillmore County Public Health's goal is to vaccinate at least 700 community members as quickly as possible before flu season sets in in order to reduce illness."

To meet this goal, public health is offering both seasonal influenza injections and nasal mist at six public clinics held the following dates, times and locations.

• Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Elementary School - Media Center located at 100 Kirkwood East, Lanesboro.

• Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Harmony Community Center - Room 1, 225 3rd Avenue SW, Harmony.

• Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 299, 114 North Main, Mabel.

• Monday, Oct. 7, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at the Fillmore County Office Building - Room 108, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston.

• Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fillmore County Office Building - Room 108, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston.

• Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wykoff Community Center, 226 Gold Street North, Wykoff.

The cost of the flu vaccination is $25 each. Adults with Medicare Part B and/or Medicare Advantage Plans and both adults and children with a Minnesota Health Care Plan can receive the flu vaccination free of charge if all health insurance cards are presented at the clinic.

To better and more quickly serve those getting the vaccine, wear a short sleeve shirt and bring the age-appropriate completed vaccination form to a clinic.

If one would like to complete the influenza vaccine paper work in advance, go to Public Health Forms online at http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/community-services/public-health/175-public-health-forms and select the appropriate child or adult form immunization form. Bring the form along with all health insurance cards or other payment to the vaccination clinic.

For more information about flu vaccinations, call Fillmore County Public Health at (507) 765-3898 or visit http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/community-services/public-health