"The flu vaccine is in ample supply to vaccinate all those
interested in being protected from the flu virus," said Mark
Hilliard, administrator of the health department.
People are asked
not to come to the health department early and stand out in poor
The cost of the flu vaccine is $20, or free with Medicaid or
Medicare coverage. Clients are asked to bring their Medicaid or
Medicare card with them at the time of vaccination.
The following high-risk groups are strongly encouraged to get
- All children 6-23 months of age.
- Adults age 65 and older.
- People age 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions
(with a physician's statement).
- All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
- Children 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy.
- Health care workers involved in direct patient care.
- Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children
younger than 6 months.
[to top of second column in this article]
In addition people age 50 to 64 and those who can transmit flu to
others at high risk for complications should receive the flu
"Everyone is eligible to receive the vaccine at this time,"
The flu vaccine will also be available on the Rural Health
Partnership Mobile Unit at its regular stops.
For additional or updated information, please call the health
department at (217) 735-2317 or visit on the Web at
County Health Department news release]