WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health will offer additional flu clinics to protect residents from seasonal influenza.
Appointments for mercury-free shots for adults and children ages 9 years and older can be made at 815-334-4510 (for all clinics) or online at www.mcdh.info.
The cost is $30. Medicaid and Medicare Part B are accepted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages an annual flu shot for everyone ages 6 months and older as the best protection against influenza.
October flu clinics have been scheduled at the following locations:
• 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the health department, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake.
• 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St.
• 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the health department, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.
• 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at the health department, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake.
• 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce, 7602 Hancock Drive.
• 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Alden-Hebron High School, 9604 Illinois St., Hebron.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Senior Services, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake.
Because the flu season is long and unpredictable, the CDC recommends getting a flu shot before flu season begins, as it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop to provide protection.
A flu shot protects not only those who get them but those around them, such as pregnant women, young children, people with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease) and people ages 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 information on influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm.