Will County Health Department Prepared For Flu Season

Will County Health Department Prepared For Flu Season

Vaccines Now Available For All Ages

JOLIET – As flu season approaches, the Will County Health Department officials would like to remind residents how important flu shots can be to maintaining one’s health. The health department is now offering flu shots for all ages at its locations in Joliet, Bolingbrook and Monee.

 

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

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Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.

Health Department Prepared For Flu Season

Vaccines Now Available For All Ages

Health Department Ready For Flu Season. Flu vaccine strongly recommended for everyone six months and older.
Pandemic Influenza Response

Pandemic Influenza Response

Community Wide Planning and Coordination

Unlike the seasonal flu, a pandemic flu virus poses a unique threat. Since humans have no previously developed immunity against pandemic flu, this new virus strain puts most people at high risk of infection. The result could be that a large percentage of the world's population becomes infected in a very short period of time.

Local health departments like the WCHD and its Emergency Preparedness Division are responsible for community wide planning for an outbreak of an influenza pandemic. The Will County Health Department has developed a pandemic influenza plan for the county and conducts training meetings and exercises with other agencies to build response capabilities. The department also conducts routine disease surveillance activities which can assist in forecasting and monitoring outbreaks of disease. If an outbreak of pandemic influenza should occur, the WCHD will work closely with other Will County emergency agencies, regional partners and the State of Illinois to manage and distribute antiviral supplies and vaccines, along with carrying out other public health, medical and emergency services.

Communicating During an Emergency:I

In an emergency, information will be provided on Twitter at (www.twitter.com/Willcohealth) and the Health Department’s website (www.willcountyhealth.org) as well as local media outlets.  

Other useful information is available for download below.

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Will County Emergency Management Agency

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

Illinois Pandemic Flu 

Health Department Offering Adult and Children's Flu Vaccines

Health Department Offering Adult and Children's Flu Vaccines

Shots Available in Joliet, Bolingbrook and University Park

The Will County Health Department Immunization Clinic is now offering walk-in seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and children at its 1106 Neal Avenue site in Joliet.  Walk-in shots are available each Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Vaccine is also available Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m.  Friday hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon; no shots are available on the fourth Friday monthly.

Health Department Recommending Flu Shots for the Unprotected

It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot!

Most area students are returning to the classroom this week, and the Will County Health Department will be watching. Illinois is one of nearly 40 states currently experiencing widespread influenza activity and the Health Department will be monitoring school attendance to help gauge the severity of the local problem. If current trends continue, the 2012-2013 flu season could be memorable. 

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