Flu Prevention and Influenza Vaccine Information
Flu season is just around the corner. The flu is a serious infection and should not be taken lightly. Everyone needs to take preventative steps to have the best chance at avoiding this potentially life threatening health challenge. Flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
The Health Center is offering the flu shot to everyone 4 years and older. Most insurance plans cover this preventative vaccine at 100% and the Health Center will submit the claim to your carrier on your behalf. If you do not have insurance, or you would prefer us not to submit the claim to your insurance company, the charge is $30.00.
For children 6 months-18 years old who are uninsured or covered under Medicaid/All Kids, the Health Center has a limited supply of flu vaccines supplied by the Vaccines for Children Program. Please call for pricing and availability.
If you have any questions, please direct them to the Health Center at 773-298-3712.
- In addition to vaccinations, CDPH officials recommend everyone can take simple steps to avoid the flu:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, if available. If not use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
Flu shots are especially important for people at increased risk for complications from the flu including:
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- People age 65 and older
- People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease
- Health care workers and everyone who lives with or cares for anyone at increased risk for flu complications, including infants younger than six months of age.