Before you know it the "Flu Season" will be upon us. One way to control the outbreak of the flu is to get ahead of it by getting your flu shot early this year. The Adams County Health Department has established dates and times to get your flu shot this season.

The Adams County Health Department, along with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older.

Flu vaccine will be available soon at the Adams County Health Department (ACHD).  You are advised to check on times available. Immunizations are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Adams County Health Department will also be offering several public flu clinics for adults and children in the community.

The schedule for these fall community clinics is as follows:

Sunday, September 29    John Wood Community College (Drive thru Clinic) 11am-1pm

Wednesday, October 9     Liberty Elementary School 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Thursday, October 17       Central School District #3, IRC 3pm-5:30pm

Wednesday, October 23   Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center 4pm-6 pm

Thursday, October 24       Payson Seymour Elementary School in Payson 3pm-5:30pm

Wednesday, October 30   Unity Elementary School in Mendon 3:30-5:30pm

The cost for the vaccines is as follows:

Flu vaccine: $30

High dose flu vaccine: $55

Most insurance companies offer a $0 co-pay.

The ACHD will be able to bill most insurance, Illinois Medicaid and Medicare at the community flu clinics as well as at the Health Department. Please bring your insurance card.

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.

For additional questions regarding flu vaccine, contact the Adams County Health Department Public Information Officer at 217-277-2215.