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When it comes to keeping your family healthy and protected from illness, it’s important to remember your annual influenza (flu) vaccination. The flu can strike suddenly and spreads through coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms vary, but can include fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headaches and a runny or stuffy nose.
A flu vaccine is needed every flu season. Ethnic minority populations don’t get their annual flu vaccinations nearly as often as the general population. Close to 5,000 African-Americans and 2,000 Hispanics die each year due to flu and pneumonia-related complications. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with the flu vaccine to protect against flu viruses.
There are many flu viruses in Illinois, and they are always changing. Each year, a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three to four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. Even when the year’s vaccine doesn’t exactly match the viruses, it can still provide protection. However, the flu vaccine cannot prevent:
It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.
Protect yourselves and loved ones from the spread of germs by getting the flu shot every year. Visit one of our 36 ACCESS health centers located throughout the greater Chicagoland area for your flu vaccine.
To schedule your flu vaccine, please call us at 1.773.648.4865 or click below. Same day appointments are available throughout Chicago!