DeKalb County health officials said it's not too early to get your flu shot this season.
Starting Monday, the DeKalb County Health Department will offer walk-in service flu vaccines for adults and children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at its DeKalb location, 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road. Beginning Tuesday, the department also will have walk-in flu shots from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich, 1022 N. Main St.
Cindy Graves, health department director, Community Health and Prevention Division, said in a news release that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu vaccination as soon as it is available. She said in the release the shot would help protect people in case the flu season starts earlier than usual but still will protect them throughout the full season.
“Last year was a difficult flu season, with illnesses occurring even in those who received the vaccine,” Graves said in the release. “However, the symptoms of those who had received the vaccine but still contracted influenza were much less severe than if they had not received the vaccine.”
This year’s vaccine contains the two A viruses and one B virus that were in last year’s vaccine with a different additional B vaccine virus, according to the release.
Health officials said to bring insurance cards and a photo ID at the time of the shot, according to the release. The health department accepts Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most PPO health insurance plans and offers the service at $38 cash or check for those without health insurance. Children who are uninsured will receive their flu vaccine through the Vaccine for Children program for $15.
The CDC recommends that most people 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccination. Certain people are at higher risk of flu, including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years and people 65 years of age and older.