The flu season is upon us for sure as several of our employees are dealing with flu like symptoms this week. Hopefully, you have gotten your flu shot, if not you still can. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against Influenza (flu) viruses.

Influenza is a respiratory illness consisting of fever and chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, and tiredness. The best way to protect against seasonal influenza and its potential complications is to get a seasonal flu shot each year. Making healthy choices at work, school and home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.

The Adams County Health Department along with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Flu vaccine is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Those wishing to bill private insurance must bring their card to the Adams County Health Department to receive the flu vaccine. Medicare Part B and Illinois Public Aid is also accepted. The cost for the vaccines is as follows:
Flu Shot: $25
Vaccines for Children (VFC) Pediatric Flu: $10*
*Children must meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for this vaccine.

For more information on the VFC Eligibility Guidelines visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/vfcprogram or contact the Adams County Health Department at 222-8440.