Clinics open to high-risk adults

Clinics open to high-risk adults

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will offer flu shot clinics open to high-risk adults next week.
The vaccine is being made available without restrictions on the patient's income.
"The cost is $15, but nobody will be turned away if they can't afford it," said Diana Yates, communications coordinator at the public health district.
Adults in the high-risk category include anyone 65 and older, anyone with a chronic medical condition and pregnant women.
Flu shot clinics for adults will run as follows:
– Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 710 N. Neil St.: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29; 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
– Mahomet Community Center, 508 E. Main St.: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 7.
– Philo Public Library, 115 W. Washington St.: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 8.
– Rantoul Civic Center, 520 E. Wabash: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District continues to make flu vaccine available to children in Champaign County who are uninsured, under-insured or on Medicaid every Wednesday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at 710 N. Neil St., C.
Yates said the public health district had 2,700 doses of flu vaccine left as of Friday, and the district has finished vaccinating all nursing home residents in the area but is still distributing vaccine to nursing home staff.
In other area flu vaccine updates:
The Vermilion County Health Department says it has reached an agreement with Premier Choice to provide flu shots for that insurer's high-risk members. Anyone covered under Premier Choice who falls into the high-risk category for flu can contact the health department to arrange for a flu shot. The health department's number is 431-2662.
The Vermilion County Health Department also began offering flu shots this past week to high-risk adults who are 65 and older with chronic medical conditions.
More flu shot clinics for high-risk adults will be held in Vermilion County as follows:
– For adults 19 and older with chronic illnesses: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the public health building in Danville; 1-6 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist church in Hoopeston; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Church of Christ in Westville.
Patients in this category will be required to bring in documentation about their illness from their doctors. The cost of the shot is $18.
– For senior citizens 65 and older regardless of whether they have a chronic illness and all others in high-risk groups: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Danville clinic; 1-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at United Methodist Church in Hoopeston; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Trinity Church of Christ in Westville.
Vermilion County Health Department Administrator Steve Laker said there won't be any flu clinics for non-high-risk people. Any remaining vaccine will be shipped to other health departments that have run out, he said.

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