With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting increasing influenza activity throughout the U.S., the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note they still have flu vaccine available for anyone wanting this year's flu shot.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting increasing influenza activity throughout the U.S., the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note they still have flu vaccine available for anyone wanting this year's flu shot.

Flu vaccinations are available to the general public, while supplies last, at the departments’ Main Office at Route 78 South, Kewanee, and the West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

Cost is a reduced rate of $10 for adults and children. In addition the flu shot can be obtained free of charge with any other department clinic service.

Flu and pneumonia shots may be administered at no-charge to those who have Medicare Part-B, and some insurance plans are accepted. You must bring your Medicare card with you.

“The CDC is also reporting that further increases in influenza activity are expected in the coming weeks,” RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, notes. “As flu activity most often peaks in February and can last into May, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine this season.

“Flu vaccines this season have been updated to better match circulating viruses and most circulating viruses so far are still like the recommended vaccine viruses for this season.”

The Health Department encourages persons aged 65 and over; health care workers; individuals with chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease, and children younger than 2 to get a flu shot. The department says flu vaccine is the best prevention against influenza and its severe complications, including pneumonia, hospitalization and death.

Yearly vaccination has been found to be nearly 75 percent effective in preventing the flu, the department said in a press release. In addition, persons who later developed the flu found that flu vaccination may well have reduced the severity of the disease and protected them against flu related illnesses.

For more information, call 852-5272 (Main Office) or 792-4011 (Colona).