Glendale Heights – With flu season here, now is a great time to get a flu shot. The flu might seem like a commonplace illness, but it can be dangerous, especially for children under 2 years old, adults older than 65 years old and other high-risk individuals.
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is offering flu shots for $25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the outpatient pharmacy in the Emergency Department, 701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights. Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary. Most insurance accepted. For more information, call (630) 545-7310. Closed major holidays.
Formally known as influenza, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is transmitted through contact with an infected person, through air droplets or contaminated items.
“The best way for families to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall,” said Bruce C. Christian, Chief Executive Officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “Most of the time, the flu shot can help prevent the flu.”
Annual vaccinations are needed because flu viruses mutate, making previous vaccines ineffective. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated in October, since it takes about two weeks after a vaccination for a person to build antibodies to protect against the flu virus.
Flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but usually peak around January. Flu season can last into April or early May.
“We can’t stress enough that the flu shot does not cause the flu,” Christian said. “The flu shot does not contain a live virus and cannot cause the flu. This influenza vaccine is an inactivated virus given with a needle. Some people get a little soreness or redness in the area where they got the shot, but it goes away in a day or two.”
It is recommended that everyone who is at least 6 months old should get a flu vaccine this season. On average, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu every year and about 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu-related complications.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.