Illinois officials say flu vaccines are starting to arrive at local health departments, clinics and pharmacies. With flu season officially starting October 1st, now is the time to consider getting vaccinated.
The public health department says virtually everyone needs to get a vaccination every year to guard against new strains of the flu. Most at risk are the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions. The exceptions are babies under 6 months old and people who are allergic to the vaccine.
Patients 65 and older have their own shot geared towards them which is a higher dosage vaccine.
A local pharmacist says last years vaccine will not carry into this year and this year's shot is different from previous ones. "It's a lot smaller needle so it's more like a prick in the skin as opposed to more of the pinch that you felt last year," says Erin McSwiggin, a pharmacist at Hy-Vee.
Hy-Vee in Quincy doesn't start their flu vaccinations until October 1st, but other places such as Walgreens and Quincy Medical Group are currently offering the vaccine. Appointments are now being accepted for children nine years of age and younger at QMG's Pediatric Flu Clinics. Call 217-222-6650 to set up an appointment.
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