With our continued summer-like weather, it’s hard to believe that flu season is fast approaching. But it’s just around the corner and once again I’m offering FREE flu vaccinations to 49th Ward residents.
The vaccinations will be provided on Saturday, October 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (while supplies last), at my Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).
This year I’m hosting the free flu shot event in conjunction with the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Election. Stop by the Ward Service Office to get vaccinated and then vote for your favorite neighborhood improvement proposals.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.
People who should especially consider receiving a flu shot include:
- 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 you do not fall within one of the above categories, please take advantage of this free opportunity to protect yourself from the flu this season.