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Published on September 25, 2015

The Get Four for Flu Campaign -2015

September 25, 2015

Courtesy of the DeKalb County Health Department

The Get Four for Flu Campaign - 2015The DeKalb County Health Department announces the start of the flu prevention season, and reminds county residents that everyone age 6 months or older should “Get Four for Flu”. According to Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccination as the most effective way to prevent getting the flu.

The DeKalb County Health Department is launching its “Get Four for Flu” prevention campaign that emphasizes the importance of flu vaccination.  “Everyone, every year should get a flu shot to help protect themselves,  their families and the community” states Lux. The “Get Four for Flu” campaign is to note that this year  the DeKalb County Health Department is providing the flu vaccine with protection against 4 different flu strains.

Lux adds that it is not too early to get your flu shot. The flu season can begin as early as October, but most commonly peaks in January or February. Flu vaccine provided in September will give protection throughout the season. It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for antibodies to build up in the body, so it is important to get the vaccine before influenza illness begins in the community.

The Health Department is offering walk-in flu clinics for adults and children Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Check the website for flu vaccine information at health.dekalbcounty.org. For current updates, call the Flu Hotline at 815-748-2410 (English) or 815-748-2425 (Spanish). Walk-ins will be accepted on Oct. 21 to 6 p.m.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most PPO health insurances. Please bring all insurance cards, a credit card, and photo id with you when coming for your flu shot. Medicaid will be

billed or payment of $15 will be accepted for those children who qualify for the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program. 

Influenza affects everyone differently. Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious.  The CDC estimates flu associated deaths range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 annually. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

The goal of the prevention campaign is to reduce influenza outbreaks through increased vaccinations and increased awareness of the 3 C’s.  “This should result in more of our county residents staying healthy during flu season,” explains Lux.

In addition to getting a flu shot, practice the 3 Cs to stop the spread of germs and to help prevent the flu.    

  • Clean your hands - Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing - Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow - not your hands.  Or use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. 
  • Contain your germs - Stay home if you are ill.

For more information, log onto http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm.

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