It’s that time of year again. As the weather heads toward winter, and people head indoors, flu viruses start to multiply.
Whiteside County Health Department, in Rock Falls, Illinois, has over 50 years of experience providing flu vaccine for the residents of Whiteside County.
“We’re ready with flu shots here at the Health Department,” said Melissa Spangler, Health Department Support Manager. “People can walk in any day, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for their shot.”
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months and older,” Sue Drey, RN said. “All people should receive a flu vaccine in order to protect themselves, as well as protect the most vulnerable citizens like babies less than 6 months of age and immunocompromised individuals.”
“October is the optimal time to get a flu shot,” Spangler said, noting that it takes two weeks for the body to develop antibodies against the flu virus for the shot’s effectiveness to kick in. “Flu season typically peaks in February, but we’ve been seeing it earlier. There are already cases of flu throughout the United States.”
Drey, RN states, “The only time you should delay getting the flu vaccine is if you have a fever over 100.5 degrees or are acutely ill. It’s okay to get a flu vaccine if you have a cold or are on an antibiotic.”
“Reactions to the shots are minimal, and can include slight redness, swelling or soreness. Occasionally, it can cause a low grade fever or fatigue, but most of the time it’s nothing. And most importantly, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu,” Drey said.
Whiteside County Health Department will bill Medicaid, Medicare and Third Party Insurance Companies. People with no payment source will be charged $25. For more information please call 815-626-2230 ext. 1252.
Whiteside County Health Department
1300 W. 2nd St
Rock Falls, IL 61071