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Health department schedules flu shot clinics for children

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health has received intranasal (FluMist) flu vaccine for children ages 2 to 18 and injectable (Fluzone) flu vaccine for children ages 6 months to 36 months through the state-funded Vaccines for Children Program.

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

Program-eligible children include those from ages 6 months to 18 years who are All Kids/Medicaid recipients, have no insurance, have insurance that does not cover vaccinations or are American Indian or Alaskan Natives.

An administrative cost of $15 may be assessed for non-Medicaid children.

Appointments are required, and the child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who brings up-to-date immunization records.

For information or to make an appointment, call 815-334-4536.

Flu clinics are scheduled at:

•  Crystal Lake Health Clinic, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday; 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13; and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

• Woodstock Health Clinic, 2200 N. Seminary Ave, Building B, Woodstock: 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.

Children younger than age 5 years are at greatest risk for serious flu complications, including hospitalization and death, as compared with older children.

For information on children and influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/a_flu_guide_for_parents.pdf.

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