JACKSON COUNTY, IL -- The Jackson County Health Department is now providing flu shots by appointment, either inside the health department or at one of several drive thru clinics.
Appointments for the drive-thru can be made on the JCHD website by clicking on the “Flu 2020” tab.
Appointments can also be made by calling the health department at 618-684-3143, Ext. 150.
The Jackson County Health Department says an annual flu shot is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. Getting a flu shot not only protects you during the upcoming flu season, but helps stop the spread of flu to others.
Flu season typically runs from October through May. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination. “High dose” flu vaccine is available for those age 65 years and older.
The Jackson County Health Department says this year it is more important than ever to get a flu shot. This season we are also battling COVID-19, another virus that can cause severe respiratory illness.
While a vaccine for COVID-19 is still under development, there is a vaccine for flu that has been proven to be safe and effective over the past 50 years.
Getting a flu vaccine can help you avoid co-infection with COVID-19 and flu.
Flu vaccination is free for anyone with Medicare B, Medicaid, State employees, and State retirees upon presentation of their insurance cards. The health department also accepts most types of health insurance.
Vaccination fees can also be paid by cash or check. Debit or credit cards are only able to be accepted at the health department location, 415 Health Department Road, Murphysboro, Illinois.