Jul 25, 2014

Flu Risk High in Kane County

"Please share this information. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu this season is to get a flu shot."

Flu Risk High in Kane County
As of Jan. 4, about 6.09 percent of participating hospital emergency room visits in Kane County was for Influenza-Like-Illness. That's an increase of 324 percent since week mid-December.

Labs reported that 246 of 1003 (24.53 percent) specimens tested for influenza were positive. Of the 246 positive specimens tested, 231 (93.9 percent) were positive for influenza A, 13 (5.3 percent) were positive for influenza B and 2 were positive for A and B. No other specimen tested positive for week ending January 4, 2014.

The absenteeism rate for schools in Kane County was not recorded for this week as schools were closed for winter break. 

No influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.

What to Do

Obviously, see your doctor. Also, flu shots are offered by local pharmacies. Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, Jewel-Osco are among them.

Read this article:  Should I Get A Flu Shot?

Simple advice:
  1. Get vaccinated against flu – it’s your best defense.
  2. Cover your cough, wash hands often.
  3. Take antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.

Walk-in Flu Vaccine Clinics

Department is offering walk-in flu clinics at its Aurora office, 1240 N. Highland Ave. Clinic hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, while supplies of flu vaccine last. The Health Department accepts many insurance cards. Please call the Bee Wize, Immunize phone line at 866-233-9493 or at 630-264-7665 to learn if your insurance is accepted or log on to our website at:  http://www.kanehealth.com/flu_shots.htm. The cost of the vaccine without insurance is $15, payable by check or cash.

"Please share this information," the Kane County Health Department says on its website. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu this season is to get a flu shot."

SOURCE: Kane County Health Department

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