Central and Southern Illinois – If there’s one thing you can count on from year to year, it’s another flu season. No one wants to get the flu and you might not have to. Getting a flu vaccine each fall can nearly cut your risk in half.

HSHS Medical Group is now offering the flu vaccine for anyone six months and older at their HSHS Drive-Thru Care locations in Decatur, Springfield and O’Fallon.

Please note that the drive-thru sites will only have regular dose flu vaccines. For those needing a high dose vaccine, they will need to coordinate that with their primary care office. The drive-thru locations are also not able to provide flu vaccines for children enrolled in the Illinois Medicaid Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Patients who are enrolled with this program will need to coordinate with their primary care office or the local health department.

How to make a drive-thru vaccine appointment through MyHSHS

It is free and easy to create a MyHSHS account and schedule an appointment online:

  • Go to www.myhshs.org.
  • Login or create a MyHSHS account by clicking “Sign Up Now.”
  • Under Menu, click “COVID-19/Influenza Vaccine Scheduling.”
  • Click “COVID-19 /Flu Vaccination” and answer questions on eligibility to schedule a flu vaccine, COVID vaccine or both.
  • You will be able to choose from available appointments at our Springfield, Decatur and O’Fallon drive-thru locations.

Additionally, appointments for flu vaccines are now available to established patients at HSHS Medical Group primary care clinics in central and southern Illinois. Call your HSHS Medical Group primary care office or use MyHSHS to schedule an appointment.

Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine

Everyone 6 months and older needs a yearly flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Getting vaccinated is even more important if you or someone you live with is at higher risk for complications from the flu.

This group includes older adults; pregnant women; young children; and people with chronic health problems, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

People in high-risk groups are more vulnerable to flu complications. They may become very sick if they get the flu. Some may have to go to a hospital.

But remember: Almost everyone should get a new flu vaccine every year. Even healthy people can get sick and pass it on. And past vaccines won’t protect you because flu viruses always change.

It takes two weeks to build immunity to the flu virus. So try to get vaccinated by the end of October. That way your body will be ready to fight the flu when it gets here.

For more information about HSHS Medical Group, visit hshsmedicalgroup.org.

Additional source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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About HSHS Medical Group

HSHS Medical Group is the physician organization of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). Launched in 2009, HSHS Medical Group is a critical component of the HSHS Care Integration strategy, which focuses on bringing physicians, technology and patients together to improve the overall health of our communities. Today, HSHS Medical Group is comprised of over 1,300 colleagues in locations throughout central and southern Illinois. HSHS Medical Group is powered by the Franciscan history of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and our faith-based identity led us to the single most important tenet of the HSHS Medical Group philosophy — patient-first care. For more information about HSHS Medical Group, visit hshsmedicalgroup.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute.  For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.