EDITOR’S NOTE: Please visit our 2011 Flu Clinic info page: Champaign-Urbana Prepares For Flu Season, Clinics Opening
Don’t let this unseasonably warm weather fool you — flu season is on its way, and you can prevent it by dropping in at one of the many clinics around town this month and next to get your influenza vaccination.
This year, the vaccination will help prevent not only the strain of influenza expected to make the rounds but also H1N1. One stop flu-shot shopping, if you will.
According to the American Lung Association, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized for flu each year, most of them very young or elderly.
Dr. Norman A. Edelman, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association and professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., urges everyone to get vaccinated. Not only to prevent their own illnesses, but also to prevent the spread of the disease to those who are most at risk: Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
So where can you get your shots? There are locations and times that should suit just about every schedule, offered by both Carle and Christie clinics.
Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, 1500 N. Lincoln, Urbana
October 11–15: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bookmark this list of flu-shot clinicsOctober 16: 9 a.m.–Noon
Drive-thru or walk-in Flu shot for ages 6 months and older, FluMist for ages 2 to 49 years without underlying health conditions and Pneumovax for ages 18 years and older. Ages 6 months to 4 years vaccinated inside the building.
Carle – Champaign on Curtis, 1701 W. Curtis Road
October 18 – 20: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Walk-in flu shot for ages 6 months and older, FluMist for ages 2 to 49 years without underlying health conditions and Pneumovax for ages 18 years and older.
Carle – Urbana on Windsor, 1818 E. Windsor Road
October 21–22: 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
October 23: 9 a.m.– Noon
October 25–December 31: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
October 30: 9 a.m. – Noon
November 26: 9 a.m. – Noon
Walk-in flu shot for ages 6 months and older, FluMist for ages 2 to 49 without underlying health conditions and Pneumovax for ages 18 years and older.
Carle – Monticello, 4000 Green Apple Lane
October 13: 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Drive-thru or walk-in flu shots for ages 18 years and older
October 21: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
November 5: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older
Carle – Danville on Fairchild, 311 W. Fairchild
October 16: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in flu shot and Pneumovax for ages 18 years and older
Carle – Rantoul, 1540 E. Grove Street
October 25: 9 a.m. – Noon
Walk-in flu shots for ages 3 years and older
Carle – Mahomet, 1001 Heather Drive
October 30: 8 a.m. – Noon
Walk-in flu shots only for ages 9 years and older
Christie Clinic will have flu clinics from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 at the following locations:
Christie on Windsor (Champaign)
1801 West Windsor Road
Christie in Danville on Vermilion
3545 North Vermilion Street
Christie in Mahomet
1001 Commercial Drive
Christie in Rantoul
209 West Borman Drive
Christie in Tuscola
300 North Main Street
Christie in Urbana on Windsor
1710 East Windsor Road
Christie Clinic will have two additional flu clinics from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on December 4 and 5 at Christie on Windsor (Champaign) and Christie in Urbana on Windsor. Vaccines will be administered to patients six months and older at all locations.