Walk-In Flu Clinic
October 14, 2011
CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months and older as the best protection against influenza. A walk-in flu clinic has been scheduled for mercury-free shots for adults and children 9 years and older on Thursday, October 20 from 10am-12pm at its Crystal Lake office, 100 N Virginia Street (intersection of Route 14 and Woodstock Street). Cash, checks and credit cards ($30); Medicaid and Medicare Part B are accepted. Flu vaccine for those younger than 9 is available for those who quality through MCDH’s federal program, Vaccine For Children, by calling 815-334-4500.
Flu is a serious and contagious illness – even healthy people can get it. The vaccine protects not only you but those around you like pregnant women, young children and the elderly who are especially at risk for complications from the flu. Vaccination is also important for healthcare workers and other people who live with or care for high risk people like school personnel and childcare providers.
As the flu season is long and unpredictable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot as soon as possible as it takes 2 weeks for antibodies to develop to provide protection. Simple ways to protect yourself also include covering your cough, washing your hands and staying home when sick. For more flu information, call 815-334-4510 or visit www.mcdh.info.