FLU VACCINATIONS: If you haven’t had a flu shot yet, it’s not too late. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu shot.

The flu tends to spread over the holidays when people travel and visit family and friends. The sooner you get the flu shot, the more likely you are to be protected against the flu.

It takes about two weeks after getting the flu shot for the body to develop full protection. The number of people who get the flu is usually highest between December and February.

Flu is more than a cold, or even a bad cold. It is a serious illness that affects the lungs. It can cause health complications like pneumonia, infections and hospitalization. Flu can sometimes lead to death.

“During the 2017-18 flu season, 143 Eau Claire County residents were hospitalized due to the flu,” reports Allison Gosbin, public health nurse. “That is the highest number of hospitalized cases reported since we began tracking.”

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CLINIC OPENING: Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Ave. W., will open for patient care on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

“We are ringing in the new year with a new health center designed to better serve the health care needs of Ladysmith and its surrounding communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO at Prevea Health. “This state-of-the-art facility will allow us to expand our services and offer more, high-quality health care close to home.”

Currently, Prevea provides family medicine and women’s care at the Prevea Health Center located within Clinics at Rusk. Starting Jan. 9, Prevea will relocate those services to the Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, where new, additional services will also be offered.

The new Prevea Ladysmith Health Center will offer the following health care services: family medicine, gynecology, pregnancy and childbirth care, women’s health care, behavioral care, physical therapy, lab and X-ray services.

The health center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled now by calling 715-532-0203.

To celebrate the opening of the new health center, Prevea will host a community ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10.

From staff reports

There will be food, refreshments, a raffle and giveaways, along with opportunities to tour the health center and meet the providers.

From staff reports