Boone County Health Department Offering Annual Flu Vaccines

By: Boone County Health Department
By: Boone County Health Department

BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Flu vaccines are available at the Boone County Health Department, from 1 – 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the walk-in clinic located at 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere.

If you prefer another time, call 815-544-9730 for an appointment. You can also catch the health department out in the community during one of our flu clinics at:

Tuesday, October 8 Shadley Apartments
9:00 am - 10:00 am 1151 Nettie St., Belvidere

Wednesday, October 16 Keen Age Center
9:00 am - 11:00 am 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere

Fees for the regular adult flu vaccine are $30.00 and $45 for the high dose vaccine (recommended for persons age 65 and older). It is important that persons 65 and over bring their Medicare part B cards (red, white and blue card) as it will cover the cost of the flu vaccine. Children, 6 months of age to 18 years of age, may receive a flu shot for $20.00. Cash, check, credit card and Public Aid are also acceptable forms of payment.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can affect even healthy people. It spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person
coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever (usually high), headache, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and body aches.

“A flu shot protects not only you but those around you.” said Amanda Mehl, the Health Department’s Director of Personal Health Services. “In addition to getting a flu shot, remember to practice other stay healthy habits: cover your mouth when you cough regularly wash your hands, and stay home from work or school when you are sick to prevent spreading influenza to others.”

Public health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, especially pregnant women, young children, people 65
years of age and older, and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.

For more information and to print flu vaccine forms visit our website at: http://www.boonehealth.org or contact the Health Department at 815-544-9730.


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