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Flu Shots: Where to Find Evanston Clinics in 2021

EVANSTON, IL – Ready or not, Evanston flu season is just around the corner.

The 2020-21 flu season is the second flu season Evanston residents face while battling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that both viruses will re-spread simultaneously during this flu season.

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. Typical flu symptoms are fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle pain and extreme tiredness.

Flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19, but they usually come on more quickly. If you get tested for the flu this season, you may need to get tested for COVID-19 as well.

While the flu typically infects tens of millions of people each year, the 2019-20 flu season was an anomaly.

Influenza activity was unusually low during the last flu season in the United States, despite high testing. Between September 28, 2020 and May 22, 2021, only 1,675 – or 0.2 percent – of 818,939 airway samples tested by clinical laboratories in the United States were positive for one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza virus.

By comparison, the 2019-20 flu season caused approximately 35 million flu-related illnesses, 16 million flu-related doctor visits, 380,000 flu-related hospital admissions, and 20,000 flu-related deaths, according to CDC data.

The reason for the historically low numbers was likely due to COVID-19 containment measures such as wearing face masks, washing hands, school closings and physical distancing.

Despite the low numbers over the past year, an annual flu shot is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over. There are a few exceptions. To date, more than 100 million Americans have gotten the flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

If you still need to get the flu shot, here are a few places to go in and near Evanston:

CVS Pharmacy, # 03901
1711 Sherman Ave, Evanston
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. # 17733
1616 Sherman Ave., Evanston
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Osco drug # 3428
1128 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. # 04778
101 Asbury Avenue, Evanston
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. # 16349
2209 W. Howard St., Evanston
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Osco drug # 3487
2491 W. Howard St., Evanston
Hours of Operation: 12 noon to 12 noon, seven days a week

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. # 08760
3333 Central St., Evanston
Hours of Operation: 12 noon to 12 noon, seven days a week

Although there is no official start or end of the flu season, the CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October.

Many Americans are also entitled to a COVID-19 booster vaccination. You can get a flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine, including a COVID-19 booster, according to the CDC.

Follow these three simple steps to minimize your risk of flu:

  1. Get a flu vaccine. It’s the best way to fight the flu.
  2. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and wash your hands frequently.
  3. Take antiviral flu medications if your doctor prescribes them. If you catch the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.

Patch staff contributed to this.

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