Carle Health providers encourage patients to protect themselves against other illnesses and viruses, especially influenza, as we continue the fight against COVID-19. Now is a good time to be vaccinated against the flu before it can spread in your community.
“Receiving a seasonal flu shot before flu begins to spread in communities and the holiday season kicks off is key to protecting against catching and spreading the virus, “ Aja Lystila, MD, associate medical director of Primary Care Access says. “We created these vaccine clinics so that our patients have a convenient way to get their annual flu shot. We continue to expand our locations throughout our communities each year to provide more convenient access to influenza vaccines.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every season. Each year the vaccine is updated to protect against viruses circulating during the upcoming flu season. Flu can cause life-threatening complications for infants, older adults, pregnant people and those with chronic conditions.
Even if you received a flu shot last year, the flu viruses change from year to year, and your protection has reduced. Carle recommends all patients and community members get a flu shot, no matter where you go to receive it. Shots are also available at all local pharmacies and public health departments.
Those who receive their flu shot at the Carle Outpatient Services at the Fields drive-thru clinic location may also receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster shot during the same visit. COVID-19 booster shots will not be available at the Danville and Mattoon clinic locations. Flu shots will only be available to adults at the Danville clinic location.
The CDC recommends that people over the age of 12 who have already received their initial vaccination get a booster shot after at least two months of their primary vaccination.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, Carle providers suggest these everyday preventive actions to help avoid colds, flu and other viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or displaying flu symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as door knobs, computer keyboards, tables and chairs.
Flu shots are not given at Carle Champaign on Curtis, Carle Urbana on Windsor or Carle Mahomet convenient care. Patients can visit the Mahomet or Curtis Walgreens locations to receive the shot.
Carle will offer the following community flu clinics:
Carle Outpatient Services at The Fields
3105 Fields South Dr., Champaign
Oct. 1: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 2: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 22: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 23: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Danville Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics
Carle Danville on Vermilion
2300 N. Vermilion St., Danville
Sept. 24: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Oct. 1: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
*Flu vaccines available to adults only.
Mattoon Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics
Carle Mattoon on Hurst
2512 Hurst Dr., Mattoon
Oct. 4: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 5: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Visit Carle.org/flu for more information.