The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that everyone should get the seasonal flu immunizations, especially people at highest risk for complications. Those people are:
- Children ages 6 months to 5 years;
- People 50 years of age and older;
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions;
- People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu. This includes: household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from flu, household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated), and healthcare workers.
Pregnant women and persons with chronic medical conditions should contact their physician before receiving any immunization.
Children ages 6 months through 8 years who have not previously been vaccinated should receive 2 doses of vaccine. SCDPH concurs with this recommendation and hopes parents emphasize immunizing their children against influenza.
Seasonal flu immunizations can be given at any time during the flu season, which typically runs from September through May. It takes up to 2 weeks for initial protection to develop after the vaccination.
Pneumonia vaccine is also available for persons at high risk.
Flu Clinic Schedule
|Mondays||8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesdays||8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesdays||8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Thursdays||8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Fridays||8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
The Sangamon County Department of Public Health accepts cash, checks, credit/debit cards, Medicaid, Medicare and several private insurance payers, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Health Alliance and Molina, as payment for flu services.
For more Information, call 217-535-3102.