The Immunization Initiative coordinates and promotes activities that help educate the public about the importance of receiving an annual influenza vaccination, and helps increase access to immunization resources.
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that anyone can contract. Flu infections among the elderly, the very young, and those who have a compromised immune system are more likely to lead to more serious complications, including hospitalization or death. Therefore, it is important everyone six months and older be immunized against the flu in order to protect vulnerable people in our communities.
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Flu Educational Sessions
In partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Immunization Initiative hosts influenza educational sessions to familiarize community leaders on the importance of flu immunizations, the complications associated with flu, the effectiveness of the vaccines, and how community based organizations can partner to increase awareness and immunization rates.
For more information about flu or to schedule an educational session, contact the EverThrive Illinois Immunizations Initiative.
In partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health, EverThrive IL collaborates with stakeholders to lead an influenza vaccination campaign in Illinois each year.
Per this regulatory act, hospitals and long-term care facilities must have policy in place that includes procedures for offering immunization against influenza virus when available between September 1 and April 1, and against pneumococcal disease upon admission or discharge, to currentl patients. Read full measure here.
Chicago Department of Public Health
Lake County Health Department
In Lake County, the flu vaccine is available at most local pharmacies, your medical provider’s office, some hospitals and medical clinics, and other locations throughout the county. The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) has flu vaccines for children and adults. For more information about flu vaccines offered by LCHD or to make an appointment, call 847-377-8470 or find a flu shot in Lake County here.
Cook County Department of Public Health
For suburban Cook County, visit your family doctor, local pharmacist, or visit a community vaccination clinic to get the flu vaccine. Find the nearest location here.
McHenry County Health Department
In McHenry County, the flu vaccine is available at most local pharmacies, your medical provider’s office, some hospitals and medical clinics, and other locations throughout the county. To schedule an appointment for insured children ages 9 to 18 years and for adults, find out more here at the McHenry County Department of Health website or call 815-334-4510.
DuPage County Health Department
For DuPage County, flu vaccine is available at physician offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, quick care clinics, and other locations throughout DuPage County. Flu information is available by calling the Health Department at 630-682-7400 or visiting the DCHD website.
Will County Health Department
The Will County Health Department (WCHD) offers walk-in seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and children. For more information about flu vaccines at WCHD. Find information about getting your flu vaccine at the WCHD here or call 815-740-8143 or 877-942-5807.
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