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Wed November 16, 2011

DUPAGE COUNTY-The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. Good health habits may also help protect you against flu.
The DuPage County Health Department recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually. Flu shots are available at pharmacies and at other healthcare providers throughout DuPage County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu vaccine supply is plentiful this year. Flu activity commonly peaks in January or February and the flu season may last until May. There is plenty of time to get a flu shot.

The Health Department has scheduled Saturday clinics on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 to offer flu shots to eligible children who qualify under the state's Vaccine For Children's guidelines. Flu shots are available to children who have no insurance, have insurance that does not cover immunizations or are recipients of Medicaid and All Kids Health Insurance.

The clinics are scheduled at the Health Department's Wheaton office, 111 N. County Farm Road. The flu shots will be given by appointment only. Please call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400 to make an appointment. There is a $15 fee for children not covered by Medicaid.

Good health habits may also help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Here are some tips for you to use and stay healthy during this flu season:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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