On Monday, October 7th,
the Knox County Health Department will begin offering the seasonal flu vaccine
on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. The cost of the flu vaccine is
$35, high does will cost $60- cash check or insurance.
“The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated
each fall,” states Tammy Nelson, LPN-Communicable Disease Coordinator at the
Knox County Health Department. “It’s important to understand that the viruses
which cause the flu change often and protection declines within a year after
vaccination, so people who need the vaccine should get it every year.” The
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending the flu vaccine for everyone six
months and older as it become available to them.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to
develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Influenza is a
contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu can cause fever, sore
throat, cough, headaches, fatigue, chills and muscle aches.
Residents of the community are advised that it not too early
to get a flu shot and are encouraged to contact the Knox County Health
Department or their family health care provider. To prevent the flu individuals
should continue to consciously practice preventative measures by following the
For more information about the flu vaccine or how to protect yourself and your family from the flu; contact the Health Department at 309-344-2224.
***Report Courtesy of the Knox County Health Department***