SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –In advance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) beginning on Dec. 3, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, announced the availability of two free flu shot clinics for Springfield residents.
“One of the best ways to avoid getting sick during flu season is to get an annual flu vaccine,” said Scherer. “Increasing the number of people who receive a flu shot also helps those around them stay healthy, including seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious flu complications.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2015 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond, particularly for those who are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. In an effort to bring flu vaccination services to people who may not otherwise have access, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Wellness on Wheels van will be providing free flu shots from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Helping Hands, located at 1023 E. Washington in Springfield. Flu shots will also be available from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at Springfield’s Winter Warming Center, located at 1019 E. Madison. Individuals should bring a photo ID and their insurance or Medicaid card.
“People who don’t have a regular doctor may not know about other opportunities to receive their flu shot,” said Scherer. “It is my hope that residents will stop by one of these clinics to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu this season.”