FHN Schedules 2012 Flu Shot Clinics

It's almost flu season again! As colder weather brings us inside, it gets easier to spread cold and flu germs. Getting immunized against influenza ("the flu") is your best shot at staying healthy this season, but the Centers for Disease Control has some additional tips for good health:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

FHN will offer seasonal flu shots to the public again this year at a series of clinics scheduled throughout northwest Illinois. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is again recommending "universal vaccination" for everyone 6 months of age and older.

The clinics will follow CDC guidelines regarding eligibility for the vaccine, and will depend upon the availability of the vaccine. The vaccine at these sites is not the nasal or high-dose option.

The FHN flu shots are $30 cash or check payable to FHN. This price applies only to immunizations available at these sites; other rates may apply in FHN provider offices. You will have no out-of-pocket expense if you are covered by Medicare B or a Medicare replacement program accepted by FHN – there will be a list available at each flu shot clinic. Please present your Medicare part B card or Medicare replacement card for the billing process. No other insurance coverage can be accepted at these flu shot clinics.

Because of federal guidelines to prevent identity theft, you must present a photo ID to receive an immunization.

Children can only be immunized if a written prescription from a physician indicating dosage is presented. Persons with allergy to eggs or the flu vaccine, those with an illness accompanied by a fever or depressed immune system should not receive the flu immunization at these locations. For more information, call FHN Community Services at 815-599-7437.

This year's clinics include:

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2, 3 – 6 p.m.Sullivan's Foods, 703 N. Elida, Winnebago
Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – noonSt. John Lutheran Church, 229 S. First Street, Pearl City
Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – noonSt. John Lutheran Church, 625 Country Lane, Lena
Nov. 7, 8:30 – 11 a.m.Carroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll
Nov. 9, 1 – 3 p.m.State Bank, 100 Ill. Route 75, Davis
Nov. 10, 9 a.m. – noonSullivan's Foods, 217 Chicago Avenue, Savanna
Nov. 12, 9 – 11 a.m.Westport Village Community Room, 26 Greenfield Circle, Freeport
Nov. 15, 9 a.m. – noon SR Center, Lincoln Mall, 1237 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport (BP)
Nov. 16, 1 – 3 p.m.Sullivan's Foods, 201 Dodds Drive, Lena
Nov. 16, 4 – 6 p.m.Sullivan's Foods, 103 W. North Avenue, Stockton
Nov. 20, 2 – 5 p.m.Sullivan's Foods, 2002 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport

DECEMBER

Dec. 3, 8:30 – 11 a.m.Carroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll (BP)
Dec. 3, 1 – 3 p.m.Oakley Courts, 3117 Kunkle Boulevard, Freeport

(BP) indicates there will be a free blood pressure screening at that location.

Visit the Health Screenings section of our Calendar, or download a pdf of the 2012 FHN Flu Shot Clinic schedule.