Health department says it's flu shot season


DECATUR -- Cooler temps means it's flu shot season, and there are several ways to protect yourself from it this year.

The Macon County Health Department is now offering walk-in flu shot clinics throughout the week. They are offering regular flu shots along with the smaller-needle intradermal shot. A high-dose flu vaccine is now available for seniors.

Health officials say getting the shot not only protects people -- but also those around them

"Not only are we going to be sick if we get the flu, but we will also probably give it to someone else," said Brandi Binkley of MCHD. "That someone else [could] be a baby or someone that has a compromised immune system."

For folks who aren't keen of getting shots, there is an option called flu mist. It's a nasal spray for ages 2 to 49.

Walk-in clinic hours for adults are Monday-Thursday from 1-3:30 p.m.. Children can get flu shots on Wednesdays from 1-3:30 p.m.

Appointments may be made by calling the health department at (217) 423-6988.

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