Thursday, September 24, 2020

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu, and to reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adults 65 years and older are at high risk of serious complications from influenza due to weakening of the immune system. A flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before accepting medical treatment.

What is a flu shot?

An influenza (flu) shot is a flu vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm. Seasonal flu shots protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming season.

Who should receive a flu shot?

Everyone over the age of 6 months, especially older adults, should get a flu vaccine every year.

When should I receive a flu shot?

The CDC is recommending to get vaccinated early this year in September and October to prevent illness.

What are the side effects that could occur?

Common side effects from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache, fever, nausea, muscle aches and fatigue.

Where can I receive a flu shot?

You can receive a flu shot at your doctors office. You can also receive a flu shot at any pharmacy including Walgreens, CVS or Jewel Osco. Due to COVID-19, a drive thru flu shot clinic might be available in your area. To find a vaccine location near you, click here.

How can I prevent getting the flu?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu Shot Locations by County
To find vaccines near you, visit the Vaccine Finder website.
All Counties:
Local pharmacies and grocery stores have flu shots available. Check with your local store for more information. You can also check with your primary care physician for flu shot information at their office.

DuPage County:

  • DuPage Health Coalition is offering free flu vaccine vouchers to uninsured DuPage County residents whose financial circumstances make it difficult to get their annual flu shot. Vouchers will be sent to individuals who request them (by email or mail). Vouchers can be redeemed at any DuPage County Walgreens until December 31st, while supplies last. For more information, visit accessdupage.org/flu

Grundy County:

  • Look to local pharmacies and grocery stores for flu shot information

Kane County:

  • Kane County Health Department
  • Aunt Martha’s Health Network – Call 877-692-8686 to schedule an appointment.
  • Greater Elgin Family Care Center – Call 847-608-1344 for more information
  • VNA HealthCare – Flu Shot Catch-Up Clinic is accepting all insurance, no co-pay or deductible, no assessment required and FREE for uninsured
    • Aurora (400 N. Highland Ave) open Monday-Wednesday from 10 AM – 6 PM, Thursday-Sunday from 8 AM – 4 PM
    • Elgin (801 Villa Street) open Monday-Wednesday from 10 AM – 6 PM, Thursday-Sunday from 8 AM – 4 PM
    • Romeoville (160 N. Independence Boulevard) open Monday from 10 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday-Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM and Saturday from 8 AM – 12 PM
    • In-Clinic Locations by appointment only, call 630-892-4355 or 847-717-6455

Kankakee County:

Ongoing Flu Shots at Pharmacies – Call location for information & procedures

  • Midwest Express Clinic, 2070 N. State Route 50, Suite 500, Bourbonnais
  • Kroger Pharmacy, 633 Armour Road, Bourbonnais
  • Physician’s Immediate Care, 350 N. Kinzie, Bradley
  • Aunt Martha’s Community Health Center, 1777 W. Court Street, Kankakee

Kendall County:

  • Look to local pharmacies and grocery stores for flu shot information

McHenry County:

  • McHenry County Health Department has Vaccination Clinics in Woodstock (2200 N. Seminary Ave, Building A) and Crystal Lake (100 N. Virginia Street). Day and evening hours and weekends, by appointment only clinics and walk-in clinics call 815-334-4500 to schedule an appointment or for walk-in clinic locations, dates and times.

Lake County

  • Lake County Health Department provides flu vaccinations at each of its Community Health Centers. Flu vaccinations are given by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the Patient Access Center at 847-377-8800

Will County:

  • Look to local pharmacies and grocery stores for flu shot information

Veterans Information

Edward Hines, Jr VA Hospital is offering flu shots to Veterans at its main facility and at its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Hines Drive-Thru hours are from 7 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Saturday and CBOC hours are from 7 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. No appointment necessary.

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center is offering flu shots to Veterans at the Primary Care Clinic and Immunization Clinic (beginning November 1st) for eligible and enrolled Veterans.  Call (800) 393-0865 and press 2 to make an appointment at the Primary Care Clinic.

James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Other Resources:

CDC: Seasonal Flu Shot

CDC: Seasonal Flu Shot (Spanish)

CDC: Preventative Steps Against the Flu

CDC: [Video] The Flu Can Be Very Serious

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