November 27, 2019

The Chicago Department of Public Health Reminds Residents That It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

High-dose and standard-dose flu vaccines will be available at four Chicago locations for no out-of-pocket cost

Elena Ivanova    elena.ivanova@cityofchicago.org

 

CHICAGO – Reminding Chicago that it’s not too late to get your flu shot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be offering high-dose and standard-dose flu vaccines for no out-of-pocket cost at four Chicago locations to celebrate Vaccinate Illinois Week (VIW), December 1-7, 2019. The flu shot protects against several strains of influenza and remains the single best protection against the flu. It can make your illness milder if you do get sick and may even prevent a loved one from going to the hospital.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot," said CDPH Acting Commissioner Alison Arwady, MD, MPH. "Flu season typically peaks in January and February. Get vaccinated now to protect yourself from illness. When you have that protection, you are also helping to protect others who can't be vaccinated, such as infants under six months of age or those with weakened immune systems."

During VIW, CDPH is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to host four flu clinics where residents can get their standard- and high-dose* flu shots at no cost to the individual:

 

Monday

12/02/19

Mexican Consulate**

204 S. Ashland Ave.

9AM-1PM

Tuesday

12/03/19

Chicago City Hall, 2nd Floor

121 N. LaSalle St.

9AM-2PM

Tuesday

12/03/19

Midwest Asian Health Center**

230 W. Cermak Rd.

9AM-12PM

Saturday

12/07/19

Whole Foods**

832 W. 63rd St.

9AM-2PM

*High-dose flu vaccine will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Go to www.chicago.gov/flu for updated information about high-dose vaccine availability. 
**Denotes that flu shots will be administered on the BCBSIL Mobile CareVan.

 

Residents can also receive standard- and high-dose vaccines at the city’s five walk-in immunization clinics or use the CDPH Flu Shot Finder to find a flu shot clinic nearby.

Public health officials recommend that everyone six months of age or older get a flu shot. Among those more vulnerable to complications from flu are pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or a weakened immune system. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. The high-dose flu vaccine has been shown to provide better protection for individuals 65 years and older.

For millions of people every season, flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from the flu each year. You can also reduce your risk of contracting the flu by:

  • Getting a flu shot.
  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people. If you are sick, stay home from school or work.

If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. Check with your healthcare provider promptly to discuss, as these medications work best within the first two days of symptoms.

VIW is a statewide observance focused on educating the public about the importance of getting a flu vaccine during winter months. VIW grew out of Vaccinate Chicago Week, started by CDPH in 2012. This year, as in years past, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois headquarters in Chicago will light up the building with the message "Prevent the Flu" from November 29 through December 1.

For more information about CDPH’s walk-in immunization clinics, including locations and holiday hours, please visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/supp_info/health-protection/immunizations_walk-inclinics.html. To find flu vaccinations nearby, visit https://chicagoflushots.org/ or call 311. Please call ahead for high-dose vaccine availability.

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