Flu Shots Still Available
It’s not too late to get your flu shot! The Village Health Department is offering free flu shots to Skokie residents at Village Hall by appointment. Residents must have a valid I.D. showing their Skokie address and be over four years of age. Please bring your Medicare card if you are eligible for Medicare Part B. Supplies are limited so vaccinations will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Please call 847/933-8252 to schedule.
Spread the Word - Not the Flu - Practice the 3 Cs
The Skokie Health Department is gearing up for the next flu season. The flu is a respiratory (breathing) illness with a fever over 100ºF and a cough, sore throat or nasal congestion. Here is some important information to stay healthy and minimize influenza in the community:
Prevention is the Key!
- Cover: Remember to cover a cough or sneeze with the elbow or a tissue.
- Clean: Remember to frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
- Contain: If you are ill, do not go to work or school.
If you have any questions or concerns, or we can assist you in any way, please call the Skokie Health Department 847/933-8252 or click here for the CDC website.
World Aids Day December 1
World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. World AIDS Day is December 1.
Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year.
It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. In the United States, about 1 in 5 people who have HIV don’t know it.
How often you need to get tested depends on your risk for HIV infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your risk for HIV. Get tested for HIV at least once a year if you:
- Have sex without a condom with someone who may have HIV
- Have sex with men who have sex with men. If you are a man who has sex with men, you may need to get tested more often – like every 3 to 6 months.
- Use drugs with needles.
- Have a sex partner who has HIV.
- Have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Have sex with more than one partner
- Have sex with people you don’t know
- Have sex for drugs or money
HIV is passed from one person to another by:
- Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
- Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
- Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease at the following websites: