The following information was released by the DuPage County Health Department on Wednesday, October 7, 2021. The DuPage County Health Department provides news releases in Spanish here: DCHD 2021 News Releases.
DUPAGE COUNTY – The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is urging residents to protect themselves, their families, and those around them by getting vaccinated against influenza (flu). This is important for individual and community health as the County enters flu season while also experiencing a surge of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant.
The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness which attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Common symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. This potentially serious disease may lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
“The best protection we have against the flu is the flu vaccine. Call your health care provider or local pharmacy to get yours today and help lower your risk of co-infection with flu and COVID-19,” said Karen Ayala, Health Department Executive Director.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it is safe to get COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots at the same time. Annual flu vaccines are especially important for children ages 6 months to 4 years, adults age 50 and older, nursing home residents, people with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and lung disease, people who are immunosuppressed, and people who are pregnant.
While children under 12 are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, those ages 6 months and older are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine.
To increase accessibility to all DuPage County residents, the DuPage Health Coalition (DHC) is offering free flu vaccine vouchers to low-income, uninsured residents of DuPage County. Several local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are also offering flu vaccines to their uninsured patients. To learn more or request a voucher, visit accessdupage.org/flu.