It's not too late to get your flu shot. The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity in Lake County usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
The Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at the Immunizations Clinic, located at 2303 Dodge Avenue in Waukegan. To make an appointment, call (847) 377-8470. Retail clinics, pharmacies, and individual healthcare providers also provide flu shots. To find a convenient location to get your family’s flu vaccinations, visit vaccinefinder.org.