Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Influenza Season 2018-2019
Flu vaccinations are available at Lovell FHCC!
It's time to receive your flu vaccination at Lovell FHCC - both at our main hospital and at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Kenosha, Wis., and Evanston and McHenry, Ill.
(For our Department of Defense beneficiaries, please scroll down for specific instructions.)
We will hold our annual Saturday Flu Shot Clinic 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 13 at our McHenry Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3715 Municipal Drive in McHenry, Ill. AND at our main hospital, 3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Ill. Follow event signs and check in at the main entrance to the Ambulatory Care Clinic, Bldg. 133EF.
After the Flu Shot Clinic, veterans may receive flu vaccinations if they are enrolled for care with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible Veterans with proof of service (e.g. Form DD214) may enroll at all of our locations.
Veterans may receive their flu vaccinations during regular appointments, OR they may walk in to Primary Care at our North Chicago facility (main hospital), 3001 Green Bay Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also, again this year, Veterans may get a flu shot at their local Walgreens and have the immunization information transferred directly to Lovell FHCC. Less travel, less hassle. Veterans enrolled for VA health care can walk in to their nearest Walgreens and get a regular dose shot, through March, 2019. Veterans are asked to show photo ID and their Veteran ID card.
Naval Station Great Lakes Host and Tenant Command Active Duty, GS and WG civilian employees, including emergency essential civilian employees to include Military Entrance Processing Command, Department of Defense recruiters and active duty/Reserve Army personnel at Ft. Sheridan, FHCC contractors assigned to East campus, MWR childcare workers, Federal Fire and Emergency Medical Services, police and security forces, may receive flu shots at Fisher Branch Health Clinic Bldg. 237 at Naval Station Great Lakes. Fisher hours for flu vaccinations are 10-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Department of Defense beneficiaries, to include military family members, and retirees may receive flu vaccinations at the Lovell FHCC's West campus (main hospital) Immunization Clinic, Bldg. 133EF, from 7:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30-11:45 a.m. on Thursday.
Civilian employees and volunteers at Lovell FHCC main/West campus may receive their vaccinations at Occupational Health, Bldg. 133CA, 2nd floor, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
What you should know about the Influenza Season, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
What sort of flu season is expected this year?
It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.
Will new flu viruses circulate this season?
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year.
What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.