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Why The Flu Shot Is Important — And Where To Get One In East-Central Illinois

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URBANA – Public health officials say mask-wearing, social distancing — and getting an influenza vaccine — are things everyone can do to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed this flu season. 

Officials are asking Americans to get the flu shot to help avoid a “twindemic” caused by a combination of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.

Linda Fred, director of pharmacy at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, says getting the flu vaccine is a simple way to protect yourself and those at greatest risk.

“You may feel like you are in a fairly safe situation [and] not at great risk,” Fred says, “but we have to think about the children, our grandparents,” and those with compromised immune systems.

Preliminary estimates from the CDC show influenza claimed 22,000 lives last year, including 189 children. Flu vaccines are believed to have prevented 105,000 hospitalizations and 6,300 deaths last year.

“We already have some concerns about hospital capacity in various parts of the country — and the exacerbation of the situation by having the pandemic and then seasonal flu at the same time,” Fred says. “[It] might push hospital capacity, in some places, over the edge.”

She says many places, including Carle, offer drive-through clinics and are taking additional measures to keep people safe as they come in for the flu vaccine. 

Many hospitals and clinics throughout east-central Illinois are offering influenza vaccines. Fred says retail pharmacies are also stocked and ready to administer the shots.

Here is a list of places offering flu shots in east-central Illinois:

Champaign County:

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Appointment only. For same day appointments, call 217-531-5365 or 217-531-4307. For other appointments, call 217-531-5316 or 217-531-5317. Appointments can be scheduled for curbside or inside service.

  • Ongoing: Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • 201 W Kenyon Rd, Champaign, IL 61820

Christie Clinic

All locations will offer drive-through flu shots.

  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • 1801 West Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL, 61822
      • 1001 Commercial Dr, Mahomet, IL, 61853
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      • 1801 West Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL, 61822
  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • 209 W Borman Dr, Rantoul, IL, 61866 
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • 1801 West Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL, 61822

Carle

Drive-through locations.

  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Oct. 18.
    • 3105 Fields South Dr., Champaign, IL 61822
    • 1818 Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL 61802

Walk-in location.

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Runs through Oct. 22. 
    • 2000 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61822, near Bath and Body Works.

OSF

Appointment locations.

  • Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • 2718 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61822
    • 2043 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

Walk-in location.

  • Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • 520 N Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

McKinley Health Center

For eligible students, state employees and retirees.

  • Monday, Oct. 5 through Thursday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Grainger Engineering Library – 1301 Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL, 61801 
  • Monday, Oct. 12, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      • Business and Instructional Facility – 515 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL, 61820
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Veterinary Medicine Atrium – 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL, 61802 
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Ikenberry Commons Student Dining and Residential Programs Building – 301 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL, 61820 

Macon County:

Macon County Health Department

Appointment locations.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • The Bridge Church – 520 W Elm St, Argenta, IL, 62501
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Macon Community Building – 1039 S Woodcock Rd, Macon, IL 62544

For senior citizens only.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Macon County Senior Center – 1430 N 22nd St, Decatur, IL 62526

Vermillion County:

Christie Clinic

All locations will offer drive-through flu shots.

  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • 3545 N Vermilion St, Danville, IL, 61832

Carle

Drive-through location.

  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • 2300 N. Vermillion, Danville, IL, 61832
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • 2300 N. Vermillion, Danville, IL, 61832

OSF

Walk-in locations.

  • Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • 707 N Logan Ave, Danville, IL 61832
    • 3653 N Vermilion St, Danville, IL 61832

Vermillion County Health Department

All locations drive-through (appointments necessary for children).

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • 200 S College St Ste A, Danville, IL, 61832
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • 200 S College St Ste A, Danville, IL, 61832 
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • 200 S College St Ste A, Danville, IL, 61832 

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