Vermillion County Resumes Flu Clinics

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DANVILLE - The Vermilion County Health Department has received more flu vaccine, and is resuming its clinics to help protect people against seasonal flu. 

The Vermilion County Health Department will offer adult seasonal flu shots at 200 South College Street as shown below:

October 29          (Wed)   8:30-3:30

October 31          (Fri)        8:30-3:30

November 3       (Mon)   8:30-3:30

November 5       (Wed)   8:30-3:30

November 12     (Wed)   1:00-4:00

November 13     (Thurs) 3:00-6:30

All clinics will be located at the Health Department. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends for the 2014-2015 flu season that everyone 6 months and older receive their annual flu shot.  According to the CDC, immunity from the flu shot takes about two weeks to build and lasts up to 12 months.  Because immunity does wane over time, the CDC recommends getting a flu shot annually.

The cost for adult flu shots, for those 19 years of age and older, at the Vermilion County Health Department will be $35.00.  The Health Department will bill Medicare, Medicaid, State Employees' employers and private insurance plans for adult flu shots.  Individuals should be prepared to present proof of these types of coverage at the time of vaccination. 

Children from ages 6 months through 18 years old may schedule a flu shot through our Immunization Department by calling 431-2662 ext 249.  The child's parent or guardian must accompany the child for the vaccination.  The cost for vaccinations for children under the age of 19 will be $15.00.

The Health Department will continue its program of working with businesses and organizations that want to provide flu vaccinations as a wellness benefit for their employees and members.  Businesses and organizations can contact the Health Department to make billing arrangements and to schedule those vaccinations.

 "We are anxious to resume our clinics and to help Vermilion County residents prepare for the upcoming flu season," says Public Health Administrator Jenny Trimmell.

The Vermilion County Health Department encourages everyone to take preventative measures to decrease the spread of germs this flu season.  "We encourage everyone to protect themselves and their family by getting their annual flu shot this year and to practice the following steps to preventing flu illness," Trimmell said.

*             Wash your hands with soap and hot water, and keep hand sanitizers nearby as a backup.

*             Stay home if you are sick.

*             Maintain your personal space (three to six feet) away from other people.

*             Cough/sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and properly dispose of it immediately, then wash your hands.

*             Keep your hands away from your face -- especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

*             Frequently sanitize hard surfaces, like countertops and door knobs.

*             Teach your children to wash their hands properly.

For more information, call the Health Department at 431-2662, ext 249, or visit their website at www.vchd.org.

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