Southern 7 Health Department to hold several Community Drive-Through Flu Clinics

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – With flu season approaching, the Southern 7 Health Department will soon begin its series of drive-thru flu shot clinics.

The department will hold eight clinics, one in each of the counties it serves and two in Elizabethtown, beginning October 4.

Community Outreach Coordinator Shawna Rhine said it is important to get your flu shot before flu season is in full swing.

We start seeing the first cases come through about the middle to the end of November,” she said. “The thing about getting a vaccine is you have to remember it takes about two weeks for the full effect of that vaccine to come into play, so we want to make sure that you’ve gotten your vaccine prior to when flu season really starts to ramp up.”

Regular and high-dose flu vaccines, for those 65 and older, will be available.

The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Also, it is possible to have the flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time, according to the CDC.

Below is the list of dates, times and locations of the eight drive-thru clinics:

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics

  • October 4
    • Fort Massac State Park
      Metropolis
      9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • October 5
    • Davie Street Parking Lot
    • Anna
    • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • October 6
    • Vienna City Park
    • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • October 11
    • Tamms City Park
    • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • October 12
    • Golden Circle Senior Center
      Elizabethtown, IL
    • 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
  • October 13
    • Southern 7 Public Health Clinic
      Ullin, IL
    • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • October 19
    • Golden Circle Senior Center
      Golconda, IL
    • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • November 2
    • Elizabethtown Village Hall
    • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Regular and high dose flu vaccines (for those 65 and older) will be available. A COVID-19 booster will also be offered pending availability. Those getting a shot are asked to wear clothing that does not restrict access to the upper arm.

Most insurance companies cover the cost of a flu shot in whole or in part. Bring your insurance card with you.

Those who are suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive, regardless of symptoms, should postpone getting a vaccine of any kind until they have met the criteria to discontinue their isolation to avoid exposing healthcare personnel and other patients to the virus.

When scheduling or confirming appointments for vaccination, notify S7HD in advance if you, or any member of your family, currently have or develop any symptoms of COVID-19.

A prior infection with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or flu does not protect someone from future flu infections, according to the S7HD.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19.

The CDC recommends getting your flu vaccine by the end of October, before flu season begins, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection.

Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season.

Call Southern 7 Health Department at 618-634-2297 or visit them online at southern7.org and on the Southern 7 App for more information.

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