Health Department offering flu shots at Saint Mary’s Church

The Vermilion County Health Department has set up multiple clinics this fall so that people can be vaccinated early against seasonal flu, including one in Westville on October 19. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends for the 2018-2019 flu season that everyone six months and older receive their annual flu shot. 

According to the CDC, immunity from the flu shot takes about two weeks to build and lasts up to 12 months. 

Because immunity does wane over time, the CDC recommends getting a flu shot annually.

The Health Department will hold a flu clinic from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at St. Mary’s Church at 231 North State Street in Westville.   

The cost for adult flu shots, for those 19 years of age and older, at the clinic is $42.00.  The Health Department can bill Medicare, Medicaid, State Employees’ employers and most private insurance plans for adult flu shots. 

Individuals should be prepared to present proof of these types of coverage at the time of vaccination. 

Children from ages six months through 18 years old may schedule a flu shot through the Health Department’s Immunization Division by calling 431-2662 ext. 249. 

The child’s parent or guardian must accompany the child for the vaccination. 

The cost for vaccinations for children under the age of 19 will also be $42.

The Health Department can accept credit and debit card payments for vaccinations, but the department charges users a small service fee for the convenience.

Adults can also receive seasonal flu shots at the Health Department, 200 South College Street in Danville, as shown below:

October 11:  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

October 16:1 - 4 p.m.

October 18: 3:30– 7 p.m.

October 22: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 25: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

October 26: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

October 30: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

“We are ready to help Vermilion County residents prepare for the upcoming flu season,” said Nurse Coordinator Susan Fauver.  “We are using a quadrivalent vaccine to provide protection against four strains of flu.”

The Vermilion County Health Department encourages everyone to take preventative measures to decrease the spread of germs this flu season. 

“We encourage everyone to protect themselves and their family by getting their annual flu shot this year and to practice the following steps to preventing flu illness,” said Fauver.

•Wash your hands with soap and hot water, and keep hand sanitizers nearby as a backup.

•Stay home if you are sick.

•Maintain your personal space (three to six feet) away from other people.

•Cough/sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and properly dispose of it immediately, then wash your hands.

•Keep your hands away from your face -- especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

•Frequently sanitize hard surfaces, like countertops and door knobs.

•Teach your children to wash their hands properly.

In addition to flu shots, the Health Department also offers pneumonia shots, shingles shots and other vaccines by appointment.

For more information, call the Health Department at 431-2662, ext. 249, or visit their website at www.vchd.org.

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