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Influenza

 
Influenza (flu) is a serious disease of the nose, throat and lungs that can lead to pneumonia.

Each year about 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized and about 36,000 die because of the flu. The flu is spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes. This happens when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person are propelled through the air and deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. It also spreads when a person touches another person or object and then touches their own mouth or nose (or someone else’s mouth or nose) before washing their hands.

Flu Symptoms

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does one prevent the Flu?

  • A yearly flu vaccine.
  • Take everyday preventative actions
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, stay home to keep from infecting others.
  • Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

When is the best time to receive the Flu Vaccine?

  • October or November are the best time.
  • December or later is still beneficial in most years as influenza can occur any time from November through May, but it most often peaks in January or February.
  • It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot.
  • Protection last up to a year.

Individuals who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before receiving the flu vaccine.  Individuals with a mild illness can usually receive the vaccine.

Who should NOT receive the vaccine?

  • Allergy to eggs: Individual with a severe allergy should not receive the vaccine.
  • Individuals with Guillain- Barre Syndrome: You may be able to get the vaccine but check with your doctor first.
  • Severe allergy to any component of the vaccine.

What are the risks from the flu vaccine?

  • Mild problems:  soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fever, aches.  If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.
  • Severe problems:  signs of serious reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.  Life-threatening allergic reactions from teh vaccines are very rare.  If the do occur, it is usually within minutes to a few hours of the shot.  If this occurs, seek medical treatment immediately!

2014 Walk-In Flu Clinic Hours

For Pediatric Patients:
  Children under 17 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian
  Walk-In Clinics are only for patients 2-18 years old
  Children under 2 must have a scheduled office visit
  Requests for Flu Mist vaccine require an appt. with the pediatrician

Burbank
4901 West 79th Street
2nd Floor
Burbank, IL 60459
10/06/2014 - 12/6/2014
Tues & Wed: 9:30am – 11:30am
Thurs: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm (10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 12/6)
Chicago, 93rd St
2301 East 93rd Street
Chicago, IL 60617
10/01/2014 - 1/03/2015
Mon - Thurs: 9:00am – 11:30am, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 11:00am
No Clinic: Thurs 11/27, Thurs 12/25, Thurs 1/1
Chicago, 98th & Western
9831 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643

09/29/2014 - 12/12/2014
Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tue & Thurs: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat:  10:00am - 12:00pm
No Clinic: The week of Thanksgiving 11/24-11/28

Chicago, 103rd St
1357 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60643
10/13/2014 - 12/13/2014
Mon thru Thurs: 9:30am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 11:30am
Sat: 10:00am – 12:00 pm (10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13)
No Clinic 11/27
Chicago, 118th St
3550 E 118th Street
Chicago, IL 60617
10/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
Monday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Tue: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 11:00 am (First and Third of every month)
Chicago, Greenwood
1111 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
10/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
Mon, Thurs and Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00 pm (1st and 3rd Saturday of every month)
Chicago, North Ave
6434 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
10/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
Mon: 9:00am – 11:00am, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 11:00am, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Thurs: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sat: 8:30am – 11:30am
Chicago, N Kedzie
2511 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
10/06/2014 - 12/06/2014
Mon, Tue: 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Wed, Thurs: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Fri: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am – 12:00pm (10/11, 10/18, 11/25)
No Clinic: Wed, 11/26, Thurs, 11/27
Chicago, Sykes MLK Drive
2545 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
10/06/2014 - 12/12/2014
Mon: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Fri: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Sat: 8:30am – 12:00noon
No Clinic: Thurs, 11/28
Evergreen Park, Western Ave
9730 South Western Avenue
Suite 500
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
10/06/2014 - 11/08/2014
Sat:  9:00am - 12:00pm (10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8)
South Holland
100 West 162nd Street
South Holland, IL 60473
10/01/2014 - 12/19/2014
Mon thru Thurs: 9:00am – 11:00am, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 12:00am
No Clinic: Thurs, 11/27