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NAPERVILLE – Now that summer has come to an end and flu season begins, State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) is encouraging all Illinoisans, especially older adults, to get a flu      shot to lower the burden on our healthcare system, so it can better combat a potential resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Getting yourself a flu shot is a simple way to prevent yourself from getting the seasonal flu,” Ellman said. “Getting your shot will also help lower the burden on our healthcare system as it continues to fight COVID-19.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, older adults and people with chronic health issues are more likely to develop serious complications resulting from an influenza infection. While flu seasons can vary in severity, people 65 years and older tend to be the most vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 70% to 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in adults 65 years and older.

“If you’re an older Illinoisan, this is a simple way to prevent any potential serious health issues as we move into the fall,” Ellman said.

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover one flu shot per flu season. It is always advisable to consult a health care provider before seeking medical treatment. You can find out where to get a flu vaccine with Vaccine Finder.

 

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