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Children’s flu shot clinics scheduled in Crystal Lake

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Health Department has received injectable and intranasal (FluMist) flu vaccine for children ages 6 months to 18 years old through the state-funded Vaccines for Children Program.

New flu clinics have been scheduled at the health department’s Crystal Lake office, 100 N. Virginia St., on the following dates and times:

• 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Friday

• 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12

• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19

• 9:30 a.m. to noon; 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23

• 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26

Appointments are required; call 815-334-4536 to schedule one.

Medicaid is accepted. Children not on Medicaid who meet VFC criteria (uninsured, underinsured, American Indian, Alaskan Native) will be charged a $15 administrative fee.

Parents must accompany children and bring up-to-date immunization records.

Children younger than 5 are at the highest risk of serious flu complications, including hospitalizations and death, compared to older children.

The VFC Program is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest public-private partnership, ensuring eligible children receive the benefits of newly recommended vaccines. 

Eligible children include those from 6 months of age to 18 years (accompanied by parent or guardian), All Kids/Public Aid recipients, families without insurance and families whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccinations.

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