DuPage County approves $300,000 for flu vaccines for uninsured residents
Earlier this fall, the DuPage County Board approved spending $300,000 to partner with the DuPage Health Coalition to provide an influenza vaccination program for uninsured residents.
The DuPage Health Coalition has developed a program to work with qualified health care providers to administer the flu vaccine program.
Funding for the program will come out of the $161 million the county received from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Flu shot vouchers will be sent to individuals who request them (by email or mail). Vouchers can be redeemed at any DuPage County Walgreens until Dec. 31, while supplies last.
Information about the flu vaccination program is available at accessdupage.org/flu/.
In addition to the flu vaccine voucher program, several local Federally Qualified Health Centers are also offering flu vaccines to their uninsured patients. If you are a patient at Hamdard Center or VNA Health Care, instead of requesting a Walgreens voucher you can also just call your doctor's office and make an appointment for your flu shot. No voucher is required.
The DuPage Health Coalition also has partnered with local organizations to host flu clinics. Vouchers will be provided on-site, or get yours ahead of time at accessdupage.org/flu.
• Thursday, Nov. 12: Hinsdale Flu Shot Clinic and Food Pantry from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Seventh Day Adventist parking lot, 201 N. Oak St., Hinsdale. Partnering with the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, Amita Health, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to host a food pantry and flu clinic.
• Friday, Nov. 13: Lombard Flu Shot Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. at Masjid DarusSalam, 21W525 North Ave. in Lombard. Partnering with ICNA Relief.
• Saturday, Nov. 14: Glendale Heights Flu Shot Clinic and Food Pantry from 9 a.m. to noon at Camera Park, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. The Village of Glendale Heights and Northern Illinois Food Bank is hosting a food pantry and flu clinic.
• Friday, Nov. 20: Wheaton Flu Shot Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Wheaton, 900 E. Geneva Road, Wheaton.