Chicagoans encouraged to get their yearly flu shot

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently launched its yearly awareness campaign to remind residents to get their flu shot. The campaign features outdoor transit, rail and billboard ads, as well as digital and broadcast ads in English and Spanish that direct Chicagoans to various City resources to help protect themselves and others during flu season.

“Keeping Chicagoans healthy throughout the flu season is integral to keeping our City running,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Ensuring our communities have the resources to prevent illness allows us all to focus on family, friends and work instead of sick-days.”

CDPH first launched its ‘I AM AN OUTBREAK’ campaign in August to remind parents to get all recommended vaccines for their children before the start of the school year. The same message has been adopted for this year’s flu campaign to help remind residents of the dangerous nature of the illness.

“Influenza can be spread easily from person to person,” said Dr. Julie Morita, CDPH’s Chief Medical Officer. “Young children and the elderly are especially at risk for serious illness during flu season, which is why it’s important for everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated.”

In the U.S., up to 20 percent of the population is infected with flu every year and approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized for it.​

The CDPH has once again teamed up with Smart Chicago Collaborative to re-launch our Flu Clinic Finder.  Residents can use the web-based app to find a location nearby where they can get their flu shot.

The campaign runs through Nov. 30. To get vaccinated, talk to your doctor or call a pharmacy. If you do not have a doctor, call 311 to locate one of our Fast Track Immunization Clinics. You can also use the Flu Clinic Finder to locate a place nearby.

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