Wellness On Wheels (WOW) Program
Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program services are currently on hold. Wright County Public Health is actively working on plans to offer these services again with additional safety measures in place for our consumers and our staff. An update will be provided when the situation changes.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
- Pregnancy Test
- Mantoux Test (Tuberculosis Screening)
Please call 763-682-7516 for more information.
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. 2,522 influenza related hospitalizations, 381 influenza-like illness outbreaks in schools, and 2 pediatric deaths occurred in Minnesota during the 2018-2019 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 2019-20 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 at this time.
Where can I get my flu shot?
You can come to any WOW Program site to receive your flu vaccine when services become available again. We accept most insurance plans and are able to bill Medicare. Call 763-682-7516 to check if we take your insurance and make an appointment.