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Walk-in flu shots available soon at DeKalb County Health Dept.

September 5, 2018

DeKalb County health officials say it’s not too early to get your flu shot this season.

Starting on Monday, The DeKalb County Health Department will offer walk-in service flu vaccines for adults and children 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at its DeKalb location, 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road. Beginning Tuesday, he department will also have walk-in flu shots from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich, 1022 North Main Street.

Cindy Graves, Health Department Director, Community Health & Prevention Division, said in a news release the Centers for Disease Control recommends people getting a flu vaccination as soon as it is available. She said in the release the shot would help protect people in case the flu season starts earlier than usual but will still protect them throughout the full season.

“Last year was a difficult flu season, with illnesses occurring even in those who received the vaccine,” Graves said in the release. “However, the symptoms of those who had received the vaccine but still contracted influenza were much less severe than if they had not received the vaccine.”

This year’s vaccine contains the two A viruses and one B virus that were in last year’s vaccine with a different additional B vaccine virus, according to the release.

Health officials said to bring insurance cards and a photo ID at the time of the shot, according to the release. The health department accepts Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most PPO health insurance plans and offers the service at $38 cash or check for those without health insurance. Children who are uninsured will receive their flu vaccine through the Vaccine for Children program for $15.

The CDC recommends that most people 6 months old and older receive an annual flu vaccination. Certain people are at higher risk of flu, including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years and people 65 years of age and older.