Health Department Encourages Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine This Fall

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For Immediate Release
Date: September 26, 2016
Contact: Leslie Piotrowski
(847) 377-8055
Hannah Goering
(847) 377-8099

Health Department Encourages Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine This Fall

Waukegan, Ill. –The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging residents to get a flu vaccine this fall. For the 2015-2016 flu season, two deaths and 31 intensive care unit admissions were associated with complications brought on by influenza in Lake County.

"Those six months of age or older should get a flu vaccine annually, especially children younger than 5, adults 65 years of age and older, and those with conditions such as asthma or diabetes,” said Mark Pfister, the Health Department’s Interim Executive Director. “Influenza is a respiratory illness that is highly contagious and it can take a severe toll on an individual’s health, affecting work, school or recreational opportunities. A flu vaccine not only protects you, but also those around you.”

People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables, or an infected person’s dirty hand.

Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps protect you once the flu season starts in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected so make plans to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. The CDC recommends ongoing flu vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating, even into January or later.

The Health Department is encouraging residents to remember these important health recommendations:

  • The most important step in protection against the flu is getting an annual flu vaccine.  
  • Take everyday preventive steps, such as staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

The Health Department is offering the flu vaccine by appointment only at the Immunizations Clinic at 2303 Dodge Avenue in Waukegan. It is offering the quadrivalent vaccine, which offers protection against four different flu viruses. A high-dose vaccine is available for the elderly and a vaccine manufactured without the use of eggs is available for those with egg allergies. The costs vary by type of flu vaccine administered, and start at $33 per dose. Children 0 thru 18 years of age who qualify for the Vaccines for Children program will have a lower fee, and eligibility will be evaluated at the time of the visit. Contact the Immunization Program to determine if your insurance is accepted at this facility. The CDC recommends that the nasal spray not be used this year.

For more specific information, visit: or contact the Health Department’s Immunizations Program at: (847) 377-8470.

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Lake County Health Department
3010 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-8000