December 1, 2017

CDPH Hosts End-of-Year Flu Vaccine Clinics for Vaccinate Illinois Week

Statewide campaign reminds residents "It's not too late to get a flu shot"
CHICAGO - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is once again teaming up with health departments and healthcare organizations throughout Illinois to encourage residents to get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week (VIW), December 3 through 9. VIW is a statewide observance focused on educating the public about the importance of getting a flu vaccine during the fall and winter months. VIW grew out of Vaccinate Chicago week, started by CDPH in 2012.

During VIW, Chicago residents will see and hear coordinated transit, digital, social media, print and broadcast advertisements reminding them to get vaccinated. In addition, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois headquarters in Chicago will light up the building with the message "Get A Flu Shot" from December 1 through 3.
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 or a weakened immune system. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing.
"It's not too late to get a flu shot," said CDPH Health Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. "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."
Every year, up to 20 percent of Americans catch the flu, and approximately 200,000 are hospitalized for it. 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.
CDPH will host three flu clinics for VIW where residents can get their flu shots at no cost to the individual:
Whole Foods
832 W. 63rd St.
City Hall-11th Floor Lobby
121 N. LaSalle St. 
16th Ward Office
1504 W. 63rd St.
Residents can also use the CDPH flu shot app to find a flu shot clinic nearby or call 31.
In addition to getting a flu shot, you can also reduce your risk by:
  • 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.
Vaccinate Illinois Week is a statewide observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week, an annual initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate the public about the importance of influenza vaccination throughout the fall and winter months. 

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