Residents Encouraged to Get a Flu Shot to Stay Healthy this Winter
As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 3-9, 2017, the City of Evanston's Health & Human Services Department is encouraging everyone six months of age or older to get a flu vaccine.
Flu activity is starting to increase across the country as family and friends gather for the holidays. Getting a flu shot is the best line of defense when it comes to protecting yourself, and those around you, from getting the flu. Even those who've already gotten sick with flu this season are advised to get the flu vaccine. Community members can find locations where flu shots are available at vaccinefinder.org.
Due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during previous flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray.
The flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. The majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, but even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza.
Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it's not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
To reduce the spread of influenza and other illnesses this winter, the Health & Human Services Department reminds residents to practice the 3 C's:
- Clean - Properly wash your hands frequently
- Cover - Cover your cough and sneeze
- Contain - Contain your germs by staying home if you are sick
For more information, please contact the Evanston Health & Human Services Department by calling/texting 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.