Protect Yourself From the Flu
With the increase in influenza in our community, we join public health officials in encouraging flu shots while the vaccine is available. Supply will continue to be limited as the flu season continues. We remind patients to call ahead to the provider’s office to check availability of the vaccine at the time of their appointment.
In addition, all are encouraged to take precautions to avoid spreading the flu such as increased hand washing and limiting contact with those who have respiratory symptoms.
At Carle, for the safety of our patients, staff and visitors, we ask those with respiratory symptoms to wear a mask while visiting Carle.
Resources from our health library
What Are the Risk Factors for the Flu?
Anyone can get the flu. But you're more likely to become infected if you:
- Have a weakened immune system.
- Have frequent, close contact with young children.
- Work in a healthcare setting where you may be exposed to flu germs.
- Live or work with someone who has the flu.
- Haven't received an annual flu shot.
How Does the Flu Spread?
The flu is caused by viruses (germs). The germs spread through the air in droplets when someone who has the flu coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. You can become infected when you inhale these germs directly. You can also become infected when you touch a surface on which the droplets have landed and then transfer the germs to your eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching used tissues, or sharing utensils, drinking glasses, or a toothbrush with an infected person can expose you to flu germs, too.
What Are the Symptoms of the Flu?
Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and may last a few days to a few weeks. They include:
- Fever (usually higher than 101°F) and chills
- Sore throat and headache
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Tiredness and weakness
- Muscle aches
More information from Flu.gov
2017 Seasonal Flu Vaccines Available
Flu Shot: $40
Flu Shot (High Dose): $60
For patients 6 months and older. Nasal Flu Mist will not be available at any Carle location.
Charlotte Ann Russell (Hoopeston)
801 E. Orange St.
September 25, 1pm to 3pm
October 16, 1pm to 3pm
Champaign on Curtis
1701 West Curtis Road
October 3 through November 21, 4pm to 6pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays ONLY
December 2, 9am to 2pm
December 3, 12pm – 4pm
*Enter into the specially marked door in the new addition
810 W. Anthony Dr., Urbana
October 7 through November 19
Saturdays, 9am to 2pm
Sundays, 12pm to 4pm
1490 East Walnut Street
September 29, 8am to 12pm
October 6, 8am to 12pm
November 3, 8am to 12pm
Walk-in flu shots for 6 months and older. No Nasal Flumist®. No appointment necessary. Please bring your clinic number, insurance or Medicaid card, or be prepared to pay at time of service. Nasal Flu Mist will not be available at any location.
For more information call (217) 326-5000.