With November underway the flu season can’t be far behind. With that in mind, the Adams County Health Department ,along with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, is recommending annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. The flu vaccine is available at the Adams County Health Department on a Monday through Thursday basis from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The flu vaccine protects you and your family from contracting influenza. If you hear someone say, "I just got the flu shot and now I have the flu", there is a reason for that. It takes up to two weeks to build up immunity to flu after receiving the shot. That means, you are not immune from getting sick within that two week period the immunity isn’t instantaneous!

With the holiday’s ahead, a flu shot today will help protect you and the people around you at family gatherings, including babies, young children and older adults.

With insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare, the copay cost may also be FREE! Residents are asked to bring their insurance cards to the Adams County Health Department. Without insurance, a standard flu vaccine is $25.00 and the high dose vaccine is $45.00.

For additional information, contact the Adams County Health Department Public Information Officer at 217-277-2215.

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