Flu and pneumonia clinics scheduled
Due to a potential nationwide delay in flu vaccine, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines in order to ensure vaccine availability to high risk individuals. The CDC asks that only high risk individuals receive their flu vaccine during October. Healthy or low risk individuals may receive their vaccine during the month of November or after.
Those considered high risk by the CDC and the Winnebago County Health Department are: individuals age 50 or over; pregnant women who will be in their 2nd or 3rd trimester during flu season; individuals with chronic health conditions (i.e., respiratory conditions, diabetes, cancer, etc.); caregivers.
Pneumonia shots at this time are good for lifetime protection for healthy adults under age 65, unless directed by their physician to receive a booster. Individuals 65 years of age and over may receive a booster if the original vaccine was given five or more years ago or if directed by their physician to get a booster.
Fees are as follows: flu shot, $13 or covered by Medicare Part B, or covered by IPA Medical Card, both at no cost to you; pneumonia shot, $20 or covered by Medicare Part B at no cost to you.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – 1 to 7 p.m. at Colonial Village Mall, South Alpine & Newburg Road, Rockford 61108
Thursday, Oct. 18 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Machesney Park Mall, 8750 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park 61115
Friday, Oct. 19 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Cherry Valley Township Building, 4875 Blackhawk Road, Rockford 61109
Sunday, Oct. 21 – 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford 61108
Sunday, Oct. 21 – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 675 N. Mulford Road, Rockford 61107