Rock Island County Health Dept. offering walk-in flu shot clinics

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 3:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2020 at 10:56 AM CDT
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ROCK ISLAND Co., Ill. (KWQC) - The Rock Island County Health Department is offering walk-in flu vaccination clinics.

The clinics will be located inside the department at 2112 25th Avenue in Rock Island. The clinics will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 13, 20, 27 and November 10. Masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced.

Patients are asked to call (309) 794-7080 before walking in the building. The health department says it is trying to limit the number of visitors inside to allow for physical distancing in the waiting room.

“This year is it vitally important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine because COVID-19 and serious cases of influenza use the same health care resources: intensive care beds, ventilators and staff,” said Janet Hill, public information officer of the Rock Island County Health Department. “COVID-19 and influenza are different viruses. You could get both. However, a flu shot greatly reduces the probability that you will get the flu. Please get the flu vaccination to help preserve health care resources and take care of our community’s health.”

Officials say at the county’s flu shot clinics there are no out-of-pocket expenses to those with Medicare Part B or an Illinois Medicaid card. Most Blue Cross, UnitedHealth Care, Health Alliance, Aetna, Coventry/First Health, HFN, HealthLink, and Humana insurance plans are accepted. Officials ask that you bring all insurance cards with you to the drive-through and walk-in clinics. Insurance coverages change frequently, so please check with your insurance carrier to make sure your flu shot is covered.

For those not using insurance, the cost is $35. High-dose vaccines for seniors are $55 without insurance. Visa and Mastercard will be accepted.

For more information, please call the health department at (309) 794-7080.

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