FHN Offering Flu Shot Clinics Throughout Northwest Illinois

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.

If you are an adult under 65 years of age, you will get a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against 4 strains of influenza for $40.

If you're over 65, you will receive a high-dose version of the vaccine ($52). There will be no out-of-pocket expense if you are covered by Medicare Part B (please present Medicare card) or a Medicare HMO accepted by FHN (list available at each location – covered persons MUST present the Medicare HMO card instead of the Medicare card for the billing process).

Immunizations may be paid for by cash or check payable to FHN. Please note that these prices are only available at these flu shot clinics; other rates may apply in FHN offices. No other insurance coverage can be accepted at these flu shot clinics, and per government regulations, no Medicaid cards can be accepted at these locations.

Because of federal guidelines to prevent identity theft, everyone 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:

Download PDF version of the schedule.

Listen to Margie Kochsmier, MSN, RN, CMSRN, FHN Infection Control, discuss what you can to do prevent and treat the seasonal flu on Dial-a-Doc.

FHN 2017 Flu Shot Clinics

October
158:30 – 10:30 a.m.Faith Methodist Church, 1440 S. Walnut, Freeport
1710 a.m. – noonWesley Chapel at Bethel Methodist, 217 S. Hickory, Shannon
209 a.m. – noonCarroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll (heart)
2310:30 – 11:30 a.m.Liberty Village Estates, 2080 W. Navajo Drive, Freeport (heart)
259 – 11 a.m.Oakley Courts, 3117 Kunkle Boulevard, Freeport
262 – 4 p.m.State Bank, 1718 Dirck Drive, Freeport
November
11 – 3 p.m.State Bank, 100 Ill. Route 75, Davis
29 – 11:30 a.m.Lake Summerset Office, 1202 Lake Summerset Road, Davis (heart)
39 a.m. – noonSR Center, 206 E. Stephenson Street, Freeport (heart)
33 – 6 p.m.State Bank, 215 S. Main Street, Pearl City
49 a.m. – noonSullivan Foods, 217 Chicago Avenue, Savanna
510 a.m. – noonSt. John's Lutheran Church, 229 S. First Street, Pearl City
69 a.m. – noonFitness Lifestyles, 641 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport
79 a.m. – noonSt. John's Lutheran Church, 625 Country Lane, Lena
89 a.m. – noonJo Daviess Senior Center, 500 Fillmore Street, Hanover (heart)
91 – 3 p.m.Sullivan Foods, 201 Dodd's Drive, Lena
94 – 6 p.m.Sullivan Foods, 103 W. North Avenue, Stockton
109 a.m. – noonCarroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll (heart)
151 – 3 p.m.Sullivan Foods, 101 E. Highway 64, Mount Morris
163 – 6 p.m.Sullivan Foods, 2002 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport
December
89 a.m. – noonCarroll County Senior Center, 306 N. Main, Mount Carroll (heart)

(heart) Indicates a site with a free blood pressure screening at the flu shot clinic site. Blood pressure screenings are available to anyone free of charge.

Keep Your Germs to Yourself

Getting immunized against influenza 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.