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It’s not too late to vaccinate for flu

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 10:33 p.m. CST

MORRIS – Staff at the Grundy County Health Department sent a reminder this week that it's not too late to get a flu vaccination.

Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect themselves and loved ones against the flu, according to a news release from the health department. Flu season typically begins in November, peaks in February, and continues through that month and sometimes later into the spring.

The adult high dose flu vaccine for those 65 years and older, and regular flu vaccines, are available. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. The cost for those who don't have Medicare or Medicaid is $25 for the regular vaccine and $50 for the high-dose one.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Vaccine for Children program will provide the vaccine for children 6 months to 18 years of age who meet certain requirements, according to the news release. A $20 donation is requested for children receiving vaccines under this program but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Call 815-941-3419 for more information and to schedule flu vaccinations. Visit www.grundyhealth.org or www.cdc.gov/flu for information.

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