There's been little fanfare or concern about the flu so far this season, but the seasonal flu shots continue to be distributed throughout Illinois. Influenza sends more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital each year and it is among the leading causes of death for senior citizens, but there are several ways seniors and anyone else can get vaccinated against the virus.
In most cases, you can get the shot at your doctor's office or a clinic at a reasonable price, and in some cases, depending upon your financial need, it may be free. Jo Coleman, with VNA-TIP, says these shots are safe.
Coleman says they give shots from September through December, and can call 476-2080 to find out more. Clinics are held each weekday from 8am-5pm. Shots are $25, and are covered by some insurance plans. Aside from getting the shot, officials are reminding people of the three C's - Clean, as in your hands- Cover, as in your cough and sneezes- and, Contain- as in stay home if you are sick.