Chicago: It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot


I’m Julie Morita, Commissioner for the Chicago
Department of Public Health. It’s really important at this time of year
that everyone pay attention to their health and the health of their loved ones. Influenza virus is circulating throughout
the city and is causing many people to get sick. Anybody can get the flu and everybody should
get a flu vaccine and so if you haven’t gotten a flu vaccine at this point it’s really important
to go out and get one and it’s definitely not too late to get the flu vaccine. People who are more likely to end us seriously
sick from the Flu are the elderly, the very young, people with heart disease, lung disease,
diabetes, so those folks really need to make sure they get the vaccine, but everyone else
around them needs to get vaccinated so they don’t give the disease to those people. If you get sick, the other thing to keep in
mind is stay home, don’t expose everyone else around you. On top of that if you have the flu and you
are pregnant, have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, contact your health care provider
and see if there is a medication that can help you so you don’t get as sick as you could
be without the medication. So the most important thing to keep in mind
is make sure you get a vaccine if you haven’t gotten one already and take care of yourself. The Health Department actually has resources
available so if people want to get more information about getting the flu shot or about how to
take care of themselves they can go to www.cityofchicago.org/health. So it’s really important that everyone get
a flu shot and it’s not too late at this point. Get a flu shot!

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