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Coexisting with coyotes

There have been several reports of coyote attacks on pets this summer. Most have involved smaller dogs left unattended by their owners in the backyard. The mere presence of coyotes can be unnerving or frightening for people. Coyotes are generally more afraid of you than you are of them, but in instances where coyotes have gotten too comfortable around people there are several things neighborhood residents can do to re-educate their neighborhood coyotes to be more afraid of people and leave their pets alone.

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Flu Vaccination: the best way to protect yourself and the ones you love from flu

Have you gotten your flu vaccine this season? If not, now's the time. Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccination to prevent the flu as well as flu-related complications that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death. By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family you can prevent flu-related illnesses, missed work and school due to flu. In addition, when most of us are immunized in the community against the flu, it protects those who cannot fight diseases or get immunized, such as babies too young to be immunized, those with weak immune systems, and those who cannot receive the vaccine for health reasons.

Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever before. Vaccines are available in a variety of locations, for example, from your doctor or local health department, and at many pharmacies. To find a flu vaccination clinic near you, use HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) provides flu vaccine at our immunization clinics for:

  • children who are uninsured or have Medical Assistance or Badger Care, and
  • adults who are uninsured

To find out more details about getting your flu shot through PHMDC, go to Influenza or call (608) 266-4821.

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