As we all know, it’s critically important that we all get a flu vaccine this fall, as early as possible. While the flu vaccine is broadly available for free under most insurance, too often uninsured families forgo vaccination due to cost.
So Karen Doyle, Director of Development & Communications at DuPage Health Coalition shared that their program for the uninsured is now live and accepting requests. This project will provide thousands of free flu vaccines to the community members who need them most, made possible through generous funding support from the DuPage County Board.
To make this process easier, here is a link to their website (English and Spanish) where people can request a voucher and get more information about the program. https://accessdupage.org/flu/
Flu shots are recommended as soon as they become available so as to avoid missing an opportunity to get vaccinated. However, because of the likelihood of diminished protection against flu later in the season, especially for older people, patients should consider getting vaccinated in September and October.† As long as flu viruses are circulating, flu vaccination should continue, even during the month of January or later. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will be meeting at the end of June and will be providing updated recommendations regarding influenza, including ideal timing for patients to receive flu vaccinations for the upcoming flu season.