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ETHS students to get swine flu shots

On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13, the Evanston Health Department will be at Evanston Township High School to give H1N1, or swine flu shots, free of charge, to ETHS students and school staff.

The immunization clinics will be held during the school day in the school’s fieldhouse.


On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13, the Evanston Health Department will be at Evanston Township High School to give H1N1, or swine flu shots, free of charge, to ETHS students and school staff.

The immunization clinics will be held during the school day in the school’s fieldhouse.

While parents and non-ETHS students will not be able to receive the vaccine on those days, the health department is also making arrangements for free community vaccination clinics to immunize Evanston residents in November and December.

Children and adults in the Centers for Disease Control-approved priority group can receive H1N1 flu shots at these clinics. Call the Health Department for more information at 847-866-2962.

In mid-October, ETHS parents will be sent information about the H1N1 flu and vaccine as well as a vaccine consent form.

Parents must complete, sign, and send or bring the form to the school before their student can receive the vaccine. The signed consent form should be delivered to the ETHS Main Office before Nov. 12 or brought the day of the clinic itself.

Students age 18 and over still require parental permission as long as they are enrolled at ETHS.

Vaccination is the only proven way to prevent the H1N1 flu. Seasonal flu viruses change from year-to-year, but they are closely related to each other. People who have had flu shots in the past usually have some immunity to seasonal flu viruses.

However, the 2009 H1N1 flu is a new virus and is very different from seasonal flu viruses. Most people have little or no immunity to H1N1 and are not prepared to fight off the virus.

Getting an H1N1 flu shot will not prevent seasonal flu. People should also get a seasonal flu shot.

Seasonal flu shots are available in Evanston at the Levy Senior Center, CVS Pharmacy at 3333 Central St., the three Evanston Dominick’s food stores, two Jewel Osco stores, Target on Howard Street, and Walgreen’s pharmacies.

All of these sites accept Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and Part B Medicare for flu vaccines.

For those with limited incomes or no insurance, seasonal flu shots are available at the following Chicago health clinics: Access Clinic, 1555 W. Howard, and Heartland Clinic, 2200 W. Touhy.

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