Flu shots urged


CENTRAL ILLINOIS- Public health officials are urging everyone six months of age and older to get a flu shot.

The Cook County Department of Public Health said in a statement Wednesday hospital emergency departments and area schools are seeing a spike in flu-like illness.

Health officials in Decatur 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 Macon County Health Department. "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.

Young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older and anyone with a weakened immune system may be at higher risk for complications from the flu.


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