Ah, ’tis the season. That time of year when leaves begin to fall, jackets come out of hiding, noses start running, and patients either beg for a flu vaccine or literally sprint out of the office in a mad hurry when offered one. The Chicago Department of Public Health has launched its annual awareness campaign to encourage residents to get a yearly flu shot, and FREE FLU SHOTS will be given
- Friday at City Hall – 11th floor lobby 9am to 2pm
- Saturday at the Whole Foods Market, 832 W. 63rd St. Englewood The shots will be given from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 4th .
- Saturday at the Wright College Family Flu Day – Nov 4 – 9am to 2pm — 4300 Narragansett Ave
- Saturday at the Daley College at the Family Flu Day Nov 4 – 9am to 2pm — 7500 S Pulaski
Did you know that in the U.S., up to 20 percent of the population is infected with the flu every year and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every individual six months of age or older get a yearly flu shot, which protects against several strains of the virus. “Young children and the elderly are at greater risk for getting seriously ill with influenza infections,” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita. “Fortunately there is a safe and effective vaccine to protect everyone from this serious infection.”
Here is the PDF SHOWING ALL FREE FLU SHOT LOCATION BY DATE
Here is the NOVEMBER CHICAGO CAREVAN SCHEDULE by LOCATION
The Chicago CareVan is a mobile immunization clinic that provides free immunizations to all children from birth through 18 years of age. The clinic provides all immunizations that are recommended by the CDC, with the exception of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. The Chicago Care Van is a public/private partnership between CDPH and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Free immunizations are provided in Head Start, child care centers, schools, public housing sites, WIC centers and at community events. Please bring your child’s shot record with you. For the safety of your child it is important for the immunization nurse to know what shots your child has already received and when they were given.
FLU CLINIC FINDER WEBISTE
The Chicago Department of Public Health has teamed up with Smart Chicago Collaborative to re-launch its FREE Flu Clinic Finder website. Residents can use the web-based app to find a location nearby where they can get their flu shot. CDPH is also partnering with the Chicago Park District, which is offering 200 Parks Points to every resident who receives a flu shot. Park Points is a free loyalty program where members can use points to purchase Rewards Store items and win chances to win prizes. “The Chicago Park District supports CDPH’s efforts, and is pleased to offer this benefit. We strive to give park patrons a variety of opportunities to adopt a healthier lifestyle through our programs and services, which can also be a step to flu prevention,” said Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO. CDPH has also collaborated with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, aldermanic offices and various partners to host community events where residents can get their flu shot. Residents can attend any of the walk-in clinic events and should bring their Medicare or insurance card if they have one.