Not too late to get a flu shot

By on March 2, 2014

KANE COUNTY—The Health Department continues to offer a walk-in flu clinic at its Aurora office, 1240 N. Highland Ave. Clinic hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. No appointment is necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that flu activity is still elevated across the country and recommends that if you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet, you should do so now.

The Health Department accepts many insurance cards. Call the Health Department’s “Bee Wize, Immunize” phone line at (866) 233-9493 or at (630) 264-7665 to learn if your insurance is accepted, or you can log on to the Health Department website at www.kanehealth.com. Bring your insurance card with you. Without insurance the cost of the vaccine is $15, payable by check or cash.

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.

The Kane County Health Department provides a wealth of information about influenza at www.kanehealth.com. You will find the weekly report that details flu-like illness activity in Kane County, a locator map for additional locations where you can receive the vaccine, educational materials and more.