URBANA – After several years of flu vaccine shortages, this year there's an excess of vaccine available in Champaign County.
Carle Clinic, which has been the area's largest flu shot provider, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District both say they still have some available for both adults and kids as flu season approaches.
Christie Clinic said its pharmacy is out of vaccine, but some of its individual departments may still have a few doses left.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a fall flu shot is the best way to protect against getting the flu, with October or November being the best time to get vaccinated.
But people can still get vaccinated in December or later, according to the CDC. Flu season can start as early as October and run as late as May.
Carle Clinic says it plans to continue giving out both the injectible and nasal mist flu vaccines through January. Carle Clinic has given out about 58,000 doses this season, according to clinic nurse Bev Knapp.
Carle Clinic has also offered excess vaccine to other areas of the U.S. in need, and this past week shipped 780 doses to South Dakota, Knapp said.
Locally, flu shots remain available as follows:
– South Clinic main lobby from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday through Dec. 16 with no appointment necessary. After Dec. 16, make an appointment with your Carle physician.
– Carle branch facilities in Champaign, southeast Urbana, Mahomet, Monticello, Rantoul, Danville and Tuscola: Call for an appointment.
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District/Champaign County Health Department
– In Champaign-Urbana: Adult vaccine is available at the health check clinic set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at public health headquarters, 710 N. Neil St., C. For kids, call for an appointment.
– Outside Champaign-Urbana: Vaccine is available for adults and children at health check clinics set for 3-6 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Joseph Municipal Building; 3-6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Tolono Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Northern Champaign County Community Service Center, Rantoul.
Flu shots will continue to be available at health check clinics to be scheduled for January as supply lasts.