The Chicago Department of Public Health will be administering flu shots at my service office on Tuesday, September 25. This is a great opportunity to receive your FREE vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season. All ages are welcome!
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Where: 40th Ward Service Office
Address: 5850 N. Lincoln Ave
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
How Flu Spreads
Person to Person
People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately.
Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.
Read more from the CDC here.