People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes
or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older should make getting vaccinated a priority. Vaccination is also important for health care workers, and others who live or care for high risk people. Children younger than 6 months of age are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should also be vaccinated.

“It is not too early to get your flu shot. The flu season can begin as early as October, but most commonly peaks in the January or February.  However, every flu season is different. Influenza affects everyone differently; even healthy can get the flu and it can be serious. Flu vaccines provided in September will give protection throughout the season,” said Winnebago County Health Department Public Health Administrator, Mike Bacon.
Last year two separate vaccines were recommended; a 2009 H1N1 vaccination, and a seasonal influenza vaccination. This  flu season, only one influenza vaccination is necessary. However, children younger than 9 years old who are being vaccinated for the first time need a second dose 4 or more weeks later in order to be protected.

The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the 2009 H1N1 virus. This years’ flu vaccine is safe and
is made the same way as past flu vaccines and is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.  “Once you get vaccinated, your body makes protective antibodies in about two weeks,” added Mike Bacon.

“Health care providers in Northern Illinois are beginning to receive their 2010-2011seasonal flu vaccine. The 2010-2011flu vaccine will be available in ample supply at local health departments, hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and pharmacies,” said Sue Fuller, Public Information Officer, with the Winnebago County Health Department.
Early Flu Clinics: Heartland Church @ Colonial Village
Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 8:00 to 12:30
Friday, September 10, 2010 from 8:00 to 12:30
Saturday, September 11. 2010 from 8:00 to 12:00

The Winnebago County Health Department Health Promotion program will provide flu & pneumonia shots, along with various blood tests, tetanus & diphtheria shots (TD) and tetanus, diphtheria, with pertussis shots (tdap).

Flu shot   $30.00 or covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B    
Pneumonia shot  $45.00 or covered by Medicare Part B
Lipid panels (requires a 10 four fast)  $15.00
CMP (requires a 10 hour fast) $15.00
TD shot      $25.00
Tdap shot  $45.00

A complete flu clinic schedule will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Please watch the local media for future clinic announcements.

Take these everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and to prevent the flu.                                                                     

  • Clean your hands - Wash your hands with soap and warm water after coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom.
  • Cover your nose and mouth - Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing , if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow - not your hands.
  • Contain your germs - Stay home if you have the flu. If you have fever or chills and a cough or sore throat, call your doctor.
For more information on 2010-2011 flu season visit the Winnebago County Health Department website, or the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) at