Infectious disease experts are urging the public, now more than ever, to get vaccinated against the flu. The added urgency stems in part from the symptoms it shares with COVID-19 and concerns about confusing them. (Sept. 14)
Health Department to offer drive-through flu shot clinic for kids in late October
Manitowoc County Health Department has scheduled a drive-through flu shot clinic for children ages 6 months to 18 years old from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Manitowoc County Expo Center, 4921 Expo Drive.
The influenza vaccine will be free, no appointment is necessary. The Health Department said no insurance restrictions apply, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A limited supply of only injectable vaccines will be offered and it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Forms will be available online the week prior to the clinic at www.manitowochelthdept.info and can be filled out beforehand to minimize the wait and accelerate the vaccination process at the clinic.
Those attending are asked to enter the Expo grounds at the Vista Road and Expo Drive entrance and make their way toward the Ice Center. A worker will then instruct participants on where to go based on if they have completed the registration forms.
Those attending the clinic who are age 2 or older are required to wear a face mask. It is also encouraged that children age 2 and older wear clothing that can easily expose the upper arm for a shot.
If you or an immediate family member is sick, in isolation, in quarantine or experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, you are asked to not attend the clinic.
More information: 920-683-4155.
Flu season means time for flu shots. (Photo: scyther5, Getty Images/iStockphoto)
HFM Lean on the Lakeshore postponed until 2021
Holy Family Memorial has announced it is postponing Lean on the Lakeshore — an annual community weight loss challenge — until 2021. It said the decision was made amid the current challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of the community.
“The impact of COVID-19 has not been lost on any of us,” said Joni Shavlik, LOL program coordinator. “We realize this may be disappointing news to past participants, but we are taking this as an opportunity to reassess the program and look forward to bringing new events and activities — once it’s again safe to do so.”
HFM said it will share information as soon as a new kick-off date is determined.
Shavlik is encouraging individuals to stay proactive and continue to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle during the pandemic.
“As we enter the fall and winter season, the entire community is encouraged to pursue exercise opportunities that operate within CDC guidelines,” she said. “Having a good exercise routine, managing stress and eating nutritious meals will help boost the immune system and maintain a defense against the coronavirus.”
Traffic alert: Maintenance work set on I-43 in Manitowoc County
Maintenance crews will be repairing pavement on southbound Interstate 43 between State 310 and the Sheboygan County-Manitowoc County line between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 14-30.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation said various lanes will be closed during repairs.
Manitowoc Senior Center and Recreation & Recreation share updates
Following are updates from Manitowoc Senior Center and Parks & Recreation:
- Manitowoc Senior Center is open — The Manitowoc Senior Center is open with a limited activity schedule. It is offering foot care, crafting groups, bingo, line dancing, computer lessons, select fitness classes and movie days. Masks are required to be worn inside the Senior Center. The gift shop is also open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gift shop sells a variety of seasonal items as well as hand-woven rugs and cloth face masks. All gift shop items are made by some of the center’s members.
- Lincoln Park Zoo is open — The Lincoln Park Zoo is open for citizens and visitors. The zoo is operating in its fall hours until Oct. 31. Fall hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Education Building is closed and the Big Red Barn is closed for the season. If you plan on visiting the zoo, you are asked to maintain proper social distancing and follow all other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Masks are recommended. Call 920-686-3060 for more information.
- Senior Center raffle basket donations — Now until Nov. 13, the Manitowoc Senior Center is accepting donations for raffle baskets. All raffle donations may be dropped off at the Senior Center front desk. Raffle tickets for the baskets will be available for purchase on Nov. 23.
- Medicare health plan options — Oct. 26-27, Nick Samorske, a local licensed insurance agent with Patch Adams and Associates, will be giving a presentation on the basics of Medicare health plan options. The presentation will be given at 10 a.m. both days at the Senior Center, 3330 Custer St.
- Lincoln Park Zoo to host “Zoo Boo” — Lincoln Park Zoo will host a free Zoo Boo event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be trick-or-treat surprises for the zoo animals and a costume contest. Entry fee for the contest is $2 with a grand prize of an Aquatic Center gift card. All participants will receive a “safe” trick or treat for entering. Call the zoo at 920-683-4685 for more details.
- Adult fitness classes — Registration is open for RIPPED and Adult Shape Up classes. The third session of RIPPED will be from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17. RIPPED is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. at the Manitowoc Senior Center. The third session of Adult Shape Up will be from Nov. 16 to Dec. 16. Adult Shape Up is held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. at the Manitowoc Senior Center. Registration fees for each fitness class are $19 for city residents and $26 for non-residents. Register at the Manitowoc Recreation Office inside the Manitowoc Senior Center at 3330 Custer St. or by calling 920-686-3060. Participants are required to wear masks.
Call 920-686-3060 or stop in the Senior Center and Recreation Office building at 3330 Custer St. for more information or to register for programs.
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