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The Will County Health Department is emphasizing the importance of residents getting their flu shot as the nation continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, millions of Americans get sick with the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tens of thousands die, according to a health department news release.
The department said a flu vaccine has proved safe and effective over the past 50 years. Getting the flu shot will help residents avoid a co-infection with COVID-19 and the flu.
Public health officials recommend everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. The vaccine is available in either a shot or in a nasal spray. Residents are encouraged to speak with a health care provider about what type is most appropriate for them.
The health department continued to push recommendations on avoiding COVID-19 spread like washing hands, maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask.
Many of the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are the same, such as fever and cough, but there are differences. If someone has either flu or COVID-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate and contact a health care provider to learn more about testing and other measures to take.
The Will County Health Department Immunization Clinic, located at 501 Ella Ave. in Joliet, offers flu shots for residents 6 months and older. They are available by appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To schedule an appointment for a flu shot, call 815-740-8143.
There is no charge for flu shots for children and adults with Medicaid and/or Medicare. Children and adults with no insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover flu shots can receive a shot for $23.75. The clinic accepts only limited private insurance.
Walgreens will operate a walk-in flu vaccine clinic at the Will County Community Health Center on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 for adults and children age 10 and older with private insurance or who are uninsured.
For more information on the flu vaccine, visit cdc.gov.