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FHN Announces 2016 Flu Shot Clinics Open to the Public

9/28/2016

FHN will offer seasonal flu shots to the public 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.

For adults aged 18-64, this year's flu shot will be given with an intradermal needle, which is 90 percent smaller than the traditional needle used in a flu shot. It is injected just under the skin, and provides an immune response similar to the regular flu shot, which is injected into the muscle. 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 ($57). 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.

Review the full schedule at http://www.fhn.org/flu-shots-2016.asp.