Macomb, IL – There was a big crowd at Macomb High School on Halloween. All those people were not there for a school or holiday related event. They showed up for a swine flu vaccination clinic conducted by the McDonough County Health Department.
Clinics will also be held Monday November 2 at Bushnell-Prairie City High School and Wednesday November 4 at West Prairie Middle School in Colchester. Both will take place from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
The vaccine is available through a shot and through a nasal spray.
The health department's Amy McCallister says the agency expects to receive vaccine shipments every week.
"We are anticipating being able to have enough to service the other clinics as well as today," said McCallister on Saturday. "We do have limited injectible right now but we are expecting more."
McCallister says the flu is already making its presence known in the county.
"There has been influenza activity within the county, both H1N1 (swine) and seasonal," says McCallister.
There is no cost to receive the inoculation. There is also no guarantee that receiving it will prevent someone from getting the flu. McCallister says it's important for people to keep their hands clean, cover their coughs, and contain their germs.
Signs of H1N1 flu include fatigue, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, coughing, and sneezing. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.