The best way to celebrate Vaccine Illinois Week (Dec 8-14), and protect yourself and your family from the flu this season is to get a flu shot. Beginning Monday, Dec. 9 through Dec. 31 the Kane County Health Department will be offering walk-in flu clinics at its Aurora office, 1240 N. Highland Ave. Clinic hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, while supplies of flu vaccine last.
The Health Department accepts many insurance cards. Please call the Health Department’s Bee Wize, Immunize phone line at 866-233-9493 or at 630-264-7665 to learn if your insurance is accepted or log on to our website here. Please bring your insurance card with you. Without insurance the cost of the vaccine is $15, payable by check or cash.
Public health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, especially pregnant women, young children, people 65 years of age and older, and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.
The Kane County Health Department provides a wealth of information about influenza on its website at www.kanehealth.com. You will find the weekly report that details flu-like illness activity in Kane County, a locator map for additional locations where you can receive the vaccine, educational materials and more.
There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine
SOURCE: Kane County Health Department