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Grundy County announces adult seasonal flu shot clinic

Shot available by appointment Oct. 21

The Grundy County Health Department will be offering drive-through flu shots by appointment only on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Grundy County Administration Building.
The Grundy County Health Department will be offering drive-through flu shots by appointment only on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Grundy County Administration Building.

MORRIS – Adult seasonal flu clinics will be offered by appointment from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21, the Grundy County Health Department announced Friday in a news release. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

The Grundy County Health Department will administer an adult seasonal flu shot by drive-thru from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21. The regular dose is available for residents 18 years and older, and the high dose is available for residents 65 years and older. Each is quadrivalent, meaning it is designed to protect against four different flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about the 2020-21 flu vaccine composition.

This drive-thru clinic site will be in the parking lot of the Grundy County Administration Building, located at 1320 Union St. in Morris. The vaccine will be administered in the shoulder through the car window, so residents are encouraged to wear clothing that provides easy access to the shoulder area without having to the exit the vehicle.

The cost of the seasonal flu vaccine is $73, and the health department is able

to bill this cost to Medicare, Medicaid, each managed care organization and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois’ participating provider option. Payment information is requested when making the appointment to reduce exposure during the clinic.

Interested adults should call 815-941-3404 to schedule an appointment and provide payment information.

Pneumonia and other vaccines for adults are offered by appointment at the health department. Inquire by calling 815-941-3404.

Seasonal flu vaccine for those between the ages of 6 months and 17 years are available by appointment at the health department. Residents may call the health department for a child flu shot appointment.

According to the CDC, it is more important than ever to get a flu shot this year. It is anticipated that flu viruses and COVID-19 will continue to spread this fall and winter. Health care systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. The potential of becoming co-infected with both flu and COVID-19 is concerning to health care professionals. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death as well as saving health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

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