I'm protecting my health by getting my flu vaccine

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.
Call and make an appointment for you and your family to get yours!

Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu immunization is too much trouble or costs too much. Or, they swear that a flu immunization will make them sick or more likely to catch the flu—or even colds.

Seasonal influenza—the flu—is caused by one of several strains of influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, making life miserable for many—and deadly for some. Flu season can begin as early as October and peak anywhere from late December to early April, according to the CDC. Be sure to call today to schedule your flu vaccination!

Contact your doctor's office for more information and to schedule your flu shot: 217.528.7541 (toll-free 800.444.7541).

Locations where you can get a flu vaccination
Location    2018 Dates & Times
Springfield Clinic Carlinville October 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(existing patients only)
Springfield Clinic Decatur October 2, 17, 25 & 26  
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(existing patients - by appointment only)
Springfield Clinic Hillsboro East October 2 & 4
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(existing East & West patients only)
Springfield Clinic Hillsboro West No flu clinics held at this location this year.
Springfield Clinic Lincoln September 27
October 1, 2, 8, 9 &11
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No appointment required.
Springfield Clinic Main Campus* *Dr. Sapetti patients only
Saturday, October 20th
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Main Campus East Bldg, 1st Floor
(existing patients 12 yrs and up, commercially or privately insured only)
Springfield Clinic Moweaqua Every Wednesday in October
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(existing patients only - appointments preferred)
Springfield Clinic Pediatric & Adolescent Center September 29, October 6, 20, 27
November 3
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(existing patients - by appointment only)
Springfield Clinic Taylorville October 6
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(existing ADULT patients only - appointments preferred)
Springfield Clinic Wabash September 29, 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
October 13, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(existing ADULT patients only - appointments preferred)

Do I have a cold or the flu?

A cold and the flu (influenza) are two different illnesses. A cold is relatively harmless and usually clears up by itself after a period of time, although sometimes it may lead to a secondary infection, such as an ear infection. However, the flu can lead to complications, such as pneumonia and even death. What may seem like a cold, could, in fact, be the flu. Be aware of these differences:

Cold Symptoms:

  • Low or no fever
  • Sometimes a headache
  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild, hacking cough
  • Slight aches and pains
  • Mild fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Normal energy level or may feel sluggish

Flu Symptoms:

  • High fever
  • A headache very common
  • Clear nose
  • Sometimes sneezing
  • Cough, often becoming severe
  • Often severe aches and pains
  • Several weeks of fatigue
  • Sometimes a sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion