What do flu vaccinations, medical IDs and paper shredding have in common? Nothing really, except for one important thing–they all will be available free of charge this Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). Protect your health, safety and privacy in one convenient stop!
Now that the flu season is fast approaching, we need to turn our attention to protecting our health. I’m offering FREE flu vaccinations this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (while supplies last), at my Ward Service Office. The vaccinations will be administered by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. If you have a Medicare card, please bring it with you.
Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a very contagious lung disease that causes an average of over 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the United States each year. Anyone can get the flu. For most people, the flu can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.
Flu infections among the elderly and those with chronic heart or lung disease can lead to more serious complications, including hospitalization and even death.
Here’s who should especially consider receiving a flu shot:
- Adults over 50 years old
- Anyone with a chronic health condition
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare workers
- Caregivers for young children or the elderly
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
Even if you do not fall within one of the above categories, you should still think seriously about protecting yourself from the flu this winter.
The Chicago City Clerk’s Office will be issuing FREE medical identification cards this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at my Ward Service Office. The card is available to Chicago residents of all ages who want their medical information and vital statistics readily available to police and medical personnel in the event of an emergency. The front of the identification card includes your name, address, date of birth, emergency contact, phone number and photograph.
The reverse side of the card includes the name and phone number of your primary care physician, medical conditions (if any), blood pressure status, and any medical allergies.
You must present a valid form of identification to receive the card.
The 49th Ward Green Corps and my office, together with Midway Document Destruction, is sponsoring FREE paper shredding and recycling this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at my the Ward Service Office.
Midway Document Destruction’s mobile shredding truck will be parked in the lot outside my office. This way you can get rid of any old or unwanted papers, and, because the documents are shredded, you don’t have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information.
Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot and then taken away to be recycled.
Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include:
- Bank statements
- Outdated medical records
- Pay stubs
- Old bills and receipts
- Credit card offers
- Tax returns older than seven years
I’ll see you this Saturday!