Watseka, IL – The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department released the 2010 flu clinic schedule today. “We are excited about getting started with our clinics, said Dee Ann Schippert, RN, BSN. “This year our schedule is “back to business as usual” because individuals will only need to receive the one seasonal flu vaccine.” According to Mrs. Schippert, protection against the H1N1 flu is incorporated into the seasonal flu vaccine this year so two separate vaccinations are not needed.
Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says all people 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated. “The CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older,” said Julie Clark, Public Information Officer for the health department. “Parents of children age 6 months to four years of age will need to call the health department to schedule an appointment for their child’s vaccination, said Clark, “this is because the dosage for the vaccination is different and the vaccine is supplied to the health department from a different source than the vaccine administered at the public clinics.” Another thing to note, according to Clark, is that some children age 8 and under may need 2 vaccinations at least one month a part. Health Department staff will need prior vaccination information in order to make this determination. Also, a physician’s order is required prior to giving the vaccination to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Mrs. Schippert said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot. “The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe. It is impossible to “get the flu” from the vaccine,” she said. “It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot and there is the rare occasion when a person will fall ill during that period of time. The illness is not from the flu vaccine. The person either has contracted the flu virus prior to achieving full immunity or is suffering from another illness having the same or similar symptoms as the flu.”
As in the past, it is requested that those attending a clinic wear a shirt or blouse that provides easy access to the vaccination site. Persons on Medicare, Health Alliance or Health Alliance HMO are required to present their card at the time of vaccination. Those not having Medicare Parts A & B, Health Alliance or Health Alliance Medicare HMO as their primary insurer will be required to pay for their vaccination at the time of service.