Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illnesses and hospitalizations.

You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. It is recommended that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial, and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.

A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.

HealthWatch Home Health will be offering Flu Shots at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.


Farmer’s Market vouchers

We still have Farmer’s Market vouchers left. If you are 60 or older, a Finney County resident and haven’t gotten your voucher this summer, come by the senior center and get one. These are income based, and you must have proof of income.


Happy fall drawing

Buy an item in the Senior Center Craft shop and be entered into a drawing for a fall table decoration. One entry for each item you purchase. The drawing will be held Sept. 28.


Weekly activities

Thursday: TOPS, 8:30 a.m., Art class, 10 a.m., Lunch and Learn (sign up), 11:15 a.m., Flu Shots 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bridge, 1 p.m., Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; Medicare appointments only, 1 to 4 p.m.; FCCA Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Strength training, 4 p.m., PIYO, 5:30 p.m.; Yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Line Dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Legal Aid, 1 p.m. (by appointment only); Bridge 1:15 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Strength Training, 4 p.m.; Zumba, 6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Walking, 9 a.m.; Men’s Coffee, 10:30 a.m.; Pitch, 12:30 p.m.; Medicare appointments only 1 to 4 p.m.; Bridge, 1:15 p.m.; PIYO, 5:30 p.m.; Yoga, 6 p.m.

Sept. 26: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; Commodities, 10 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Dance featuring Craig Stevens, 7:30 p.m. (recommended donation is $5).


Lunch Menus

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas, Oreo cookie

Friday: Homemade meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, lima beans, fruit

Monday: Truck drivers casserole, sliced carrots, California pasta salad, chocolate ice cream

Tuesday: Crispy baked chicken breast, baked potatoes/sour cream, green beans, fresh grapes

Sept 26: Bacon cheddar cheeseburger, potato salad, baked beans, pudding


Patti Thummel is the interim executive director of the Senior Center of Finney County and director of Meals on Wheels.