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Health Department offering flu shots

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Pioneer Press

The Cook County Department of Public Health again is recommending that people who have not rolled up their sleeves to receive their shots should act now to prevent the flu.
"The Health Department is seeing a jump in the rate of flulike illnesses that are being seen in suburban Cook County hospitals," said Dr. Stephen A. Martin Jr., chief operating officer of the department. "The information is received through an electronic reporting system that tracks illness patterns in emergency rooms. We know that influenza rates typically go up after the holidays and peak in February. When we see the numbers of flulike illness begin to rise through our reporting streams, we begin to be concerned about people getting seriously ill from the flu."
Typically, flu shots are given in the autumn months so that protection can last during an entire season. But getting a shot now will offer protection throughout the season which generally ends in April.
The vaccines are available while supplies last at immunization clinics in the county, including the one in Rolling Meadows and are provided at no-cost to suburban Cook County residents by calling (708) 492-2185 to set up an appointment. Those who are allergic to eggs or are sick with an infection or fever on the day of their appointment will not be immunized.




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