QUINCY -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding those who have not yet gotten a flu shot it is not too late to do so.
No major outbreaks of flu have yet been reported, according to the IDPH. The flu season generally peaks between December and March.
"It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body's immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected," IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said. "Therefore, it's better to be vaccinated before flu viruses start circulating."
The Adams County Health Department reports its flu clinics are finished for the season, but individuals are always welcome to stop by the department at 330 Vermont to receive a shot during regular business hours. Call 217-222-8440 to check for cost.
The IDPH says "the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months."
Anyone is susceptible to the flu, even healthy people. Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and tiredness. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs or sneezes. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose.
On average, it's about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin.
The Quincy Area Seizure Support Group, which held its fourth annual Epilepsy and Seizure Awareness Walk at the Quincy Mall, meets monthly and is designed to provide a network of support for individuals as well as their loved ones.
Each month those attending the group share their experiences and gather resources. The group meets 6 to 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Quincy Medical Group.
For more information call 217-222-6550, ext. 3418.
Registered nurse Ericka Shaw is the 23rd Blessing Hospital nurse to receive the international DAISY Award.
Through the DAISY award program, patients or their family members, visitors, doctors, hospital staff members or volunteers may recognize what they feel was extraordinary care provided by a particular nurse.
A husband and wife whose twins were stillborn nominated Shaw for the honor.
"Ericka was there from the beginning to comfort us and tell us her personal experiences and how to cope with what was happening," the nomination said. "My husband and I felt like she never left our sides the entire time. She was there holding my hand when our twin boys were delivered and cried with us after they were here. She did more than was ever expected to help me, my husband and our families cope with the situation.
"She even reached out to me after we got home to check on how we were doing."
Shaw received a certificate, DAISY Award recipient pin, hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch," sculpted specifically for recipients.
DAISY stands for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System."
DAISY Award nomination forms are located at all nursing units throughout Blessing Hospital, other locations on the 11th Street campus and online at blessinghealth.org/patients/recognize-team-member.