Get a Flu Shot During Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 4-10

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For Immediate Release
Date: November 30, 2016
Contact: Leslie Piotrowski
(847) 377-8055

Get a Flu Shot During Vaccinate Illinois Week, Dec. 4-10

Waukegan, Ill. – To reduce the risk of illness, public health departments and healthcare organizations across the state, including the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, are encouraging residents to get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 4th through the 10th. Vaccinate Illinois Week is a statewide observance focused on educating the public about the importance of flu vaccine during the fall and winter months. 

“Vaccinate Illinois Week reminds us that it is not too late to get a flu shot even though it is December,” said Mark Pfister, the Health Department’s Interim Executive Director.  “This is your chance to get your flu shot ahead of prime flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected.”

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. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing.

“Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths,” said Karyn Lyons, an advanced practice nurse and coordinator of the Health Department’s Immunizations Clinic.

People with flu can spread it to others as far as 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has a flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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 rub.
  • Practicing good cough etiquette, such as coughing into your elbow instead of your hands.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are spread this way.

  • Avoiding 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.

Flu shots are available by appointment only at the Lake County Health Department’s Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Avenue, Waukegan, and at numerous locations throughout the county. The Immunizations Clinic is handing out Walgreens’ vouchers for free flu shots for qualifying, uninsured adults while supplies last.  To find a flu shot clinic close to you, use the Flu Vaccine Finder at:  For more information, visit the Lake County Health Department website at:


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