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Flu Shots Available at Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center

Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center September 27, 2013

Flu makes early appearance this year with cases already seen in Glenview

GLENVIEW, IL – Despite the summery weather the area has experienced this month, the flu is already making an appearance in the suburbs and the flu vaccine is available. At Northwestern Medicine’s Glenview Outpatient Center, cases of the seasonal flu have been seen in the Immediate Care Center.

The Glenview Outpatient Center is offering flu shots at the Immediate Care Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day for anyone over the age of six months. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome. Patients who already have a physician at the center should contact the center to schedule an appointment with the nurse for the flu vaccine. Northwestern Medicine’s other Immediate Care Centers in Deerfield, Evanston and Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are also administering the flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.” Flu viruses are constantly changing and each year a new vaccine is developed to match the current strains of the flu. The CDC recommends that all healthy adults and children over the age of six months get vaccinated for the flu this year and every year. Those 65 and older should receive a ‘high dose flu vaccine,’ which gives greater protection for the flu. The high dose flu vaccine for those over 65 is available at the Glenview Outpatient Center and all Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers.

“Always discuss your health history with the physician or nurse before getting the vaccine to ensure you receive the correct vaccine,” says Northwestern Medicine internist Kate Petrungaro. “Every year we have patients who question the need for the vaccine, but the medical community speaks in unison in urging all children over six months and all healthy adults to get vaccinated. It is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the larger community from the flu.”

Symptoms of the flu include:
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue or nausea
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms, but in general the flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms will be more intense. If you believe you may have the flu, contact your healthcare provider to receive a test in the first few days of the illness that will determine if you have the flu.

All of the Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers are open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day of the week. For more information about the Glenview Outpatient Center or to schedule your flu vaccine, call 847.724.4536.

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