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Flu Shot Information
What is the flu?
The flu is the common term for seasonal influenza, which is caused by influenza viruses. The virus infects the respiratory tract and causes symptoms such as fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness) and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. In the United States more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications.
Some people, such as older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is to practice hand washing and get vaccinated.
What is the cost?
We accept most insurance plans, including all Medicaid Managed Care Plans, for flu shot coverage. Please call 312.996.7416 for further details.
Fast, easy, convenient - get the flu shot!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends receiving the flu shot every year by the end of October. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the body's immune system to fully respond to the vaccine and to provide maximum protection. Later vaccination does still provide benefits because as long as the flu virus is circulating, individuals are at risk.
Same & next day flu shot appointments available!
To request an appointment, please fill out the online form or call 312.996.7416.
Should children get the flu vaccine?
Absolutely! The flu vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for children 6 months and older. Some children aged 6 months to 8 years of age may require two doses of the vaccine, so talk to your pediatrician about the proper vaccination schedule for your child. It is important to have everyone in the family vaccinated for best protection against the flu.
Are you worried your child might already have the flu?
Make sure to carefully observe your child for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness.
Contact your child's doctor if:
- Your child develops a fever
- Your child has shallow, slow or rapid breathing
- Your child is less responsive than normal
For more flu information visit the Center for Disease Control website.
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