Willis Encourages Residents to Receive Flu Shots

ADDISON, Ill – As flu season approaches, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is encouraging residents to get their flu shots as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which takes place from December 3rd through the 9th.

“With flu season quickly approaching, it is important for everyone to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves,” Willis said. “Getting vaccinated not only protects yourself from the flu, but it also reduces the likelihood of your friends, family, and coworkers becoming ill.”

National Influenza Vaccination Week was established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccinations throughout the holidays. The CDC reports that only 40% of Americans were vaccinated by November during the last flu season. They especially advise senior citizens, young children, and people with chronic health conditions to receive the vaccination. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that over 3,500 Illinois residents die every year from influenza and influenza related complications.

“For the elderly, young children, and individuals with chronic health conditions, catching the flu can cause serious health issues, including death,” Willis said. “I highly encourage all area residents to get a flu shot and help save lives.”

For more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/nivw/about.htm.

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.