The CDC estimates that up to 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died of influenza and its complications last flu season. The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu and serious complications. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected.
The Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at its Community Health Centers throughout Lake County. To make an appointment, call (847) 377-8800. 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. *It appears that there is a shortage of the Fluzone High Dose flu shots, call your provider or local pharmacy to check availability before going.*