Wilmette flu clinic set for Monday
Updated: October 24, 2012 1:51PM
wilmette — Wilmette residents who haven’t yet been vaccinated for the 2012-13 flu season have one more chance to so on Monday at Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave.
The clinic will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and does not require an appointment, village public health nurse Diane Bader said Tuesday. The department has about 150 doses.
Residents can pay $25 for a vaccination that will help protect them against the A/California, A/Victoria and B/Wisconsin strains of influenza, which medical specialists believe will be prevalent this year. Residents with Medicare Part B can choose to have the program pay their fee, although Medicare won’t pay for people who also belong to an HMO.
Medical authorities now recommend influenza vaccines for all age groups, Bader said; the Wilmette clinic is for people 18 years of age and older. However, people who have allergies to chicken, eggs or egg products shouldn’t get a vaccination, since the vaccine serum includes egg material. Anyone who is running a fever or has previously experienced an allergic reaction after being vaccinated should also avoid it, she said.
Most people won’t have adverse reactions, apart from tenderness at the site of the shot. That can linger for several days. Bader said some people do experience head or muscle aches over the first 48 hours. The vaccination will begin providing protection against influenza in roughly two weeks, she said.
For more information call the health department at 847-853-7507.