WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Health Department encourages an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months and older as the best protection against influenza.
The health department has a limited amount of flu vaccine remaining for adults and children ages 9 years and older.
A flu clinic has been scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the McHenry County Government Center, Building A, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.
The cost is $30; Medicaid and Medicare Part B will be accepted.
To make an appointment, call 815-334-4931.
Flu is a serious and contagious illness – even healthy people can get it.
As the flu season is long and unpredictable, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu shot before flu season begins because it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop to provide protection.
A flu shot protects not only the one who gets the shot, but also those around them – pregnant women, young children, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and people 65 and older who are especially at risk for complications from the flu.
Simple ways to protect oneself also include covering coughs, washing hands, and staying home when sick.
For flu information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.