MCDH ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO GET FLU SHOTS
WOODSTOCK IL – Influenza (flu) season runs from October to May in Illinois. Usually between 10 percent and 20 percent of the population is affected, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) wants you to get a flu shot as early as possible. This helps protect you and those around you – especially infants and people at high risk who can suffer complications from the flu. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported study was conducted over four recent flu seasons and showed that getting a flu shot lessened the risk of severe flu among adults. Being vaccinated significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from flu, according to a 2017 CDC study.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot as the best protection against influenza. If you have an allergy to eggs or are unsure if you should be vaccinated, talk to your healthcare provider. You can get the flu vaccine from your healthcare provider or most area pharmacies. Health Department appointments are not yet available, but beginning in October MCDH will offer flu shots on a limited appointment basis. Watch the MCDH website, www.mcdh.info, for information.
According to Susan Karras, Director of Nursing for McHenry County Department of Health, “Receiving the annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu and its potentially serious consequences. There are several different flu viruses. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against 3 or 4 flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common. Even if there’s a less than ideal match against one virus, the vaccine may protect against other viruses.” In addition to the flu vaccine, other everyday preventative measures include, washing your hands, covering your cough, as well as cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces and objects.
MCDH wants you to know the facts about the flu. Find answers to who is at greatest risk, how the flu is spread, flu symptoms and more at www.mcdh.info. You can also find more information at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.