Vaccinate Illinois Week

 

IAFP is proud to support this awareness effort.  Use any of the tools below to help spread the word.  All materials are provided by the CDC in support of National Influenza Vaccination Week.  Link to the IAFP's provider education resources on immunizations here.  

 

 IAFP's radio PSA (airing Nov. 30-Dec. 9 in Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Carbondale) can be heard here.

AAFP's resources for Influenza prevention and treatment are on the AAFP website. 

The Chicago Dept. of Public Health offers the following free flu shot clinics for Chicago residents:

Sat: 12/5/2015 45th Ward Office 4754 N. Milwaukee Ave. 10 AM-2 PM
Wed: 12/9/2015 City Hall- 2nd floor lobby 121 N. Lasalle St. 9 AM-2 PM
Sat: 12/12/2015 16th Ward Office 1504 W. 63rd St. 10 AM-2 PM

Residents can also call 311 to locate one of our Fast Track Immunization Clinics. CDPH Fast Track Clinics provide flu vaccinations at no charge for adults of all ages and all children over age six months. No appointment is necessary; vaccinations are given on a first come, first served basis.

Flu shots are available at many family physician practices, and at numerous locations throughout the state. To find a flu shot clinic close to you, use the Flu Vaccine Finder at: http://www.flu.gov/ and enter a Zip code! 

Below find some links to information that you can share.  Take the pledge yourself!  

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Protect those you care for. Get your flu vaccine and recommend it to your patients. Learn what to do about the flu and why people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu.

To reduce the risk of illness, physicians, public health departments and healthcare organizations across the state, including the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 6 through 12. Vaccinate Illinois Week is a statewide effort focused on educating the public about the importance of flu vaccine during the fall and winter months.

“The flu can be dangerous, especially for children, seniors and those with underlying health care conditions,” said Alvia Siddiqi, MD, FAAFP, IAFP president. “Protect yourself and those around you by getting the flu vaccine every year.”

Public health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, especially pregnant women, young children, people 65 years of age or older and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes or a weakened immune system. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing.

The CDC estimates that between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States die from flu related causes each flu season.

Several flu vaccine options are available for the 2015-2016 flu season, including traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three flu viruses (called trivalent shots) and vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called quadrivalent shots). An egg-free shot for those who have egg allergies has also been approved for people 18 years of age or older.

Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has a flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

In addition to getting a flu shot, you can also reduce your risk by:
• Washing your hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Coughing into your forearm instead of your hands. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are spread this way.
• Avoiding close contact with sick people. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.