McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports a significant increase in flu cases this week (45) as compared to last week (8 cases) and an increase from the same time in previous years. Even though the holidays have arrived, residents are reminded that it is not too late to get a flu shot. MCDH joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing December 7-13 as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). Begun in 2005, NIVW seeks to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
MCDH will host a flu clinic from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce, 7602 Hancock Drive, in Wonder Lake. Staff will administer the trivalent flu vaccine which will protect residents against three strains of the flu – two A’s (H3N2, H1N1) and influenza B. Appointments for adults and children 9 years and older can be made at 815-334-4510 or online at www.mcdh.info. The cost is $30; Medicaid and Medicare Part B accepted.
As flu viruses are constantly changing, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older to get the flu vaccine every year. A flu shot not only reduces flu illnesses but also doctors' visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as protecting those most vulnerable like young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions. Remember, once vaccinated, it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body that will protect against flu virus infection. Until then, it’s important to continue to take precautions such as covering your cough, washing your hands and staying home when sick.
Crime Stoppers and the Crystal Lake Police Department are seeking information that will help solve a Retail Theft that occurred Thursday, October 30th, 2014.
At approximately 10:00am on October 30, two women removed merchandise from Hobby Lobby, 6250 Northwest Hwy, without paying.
The first subject appears to be a white female in her mid 40’s, short dark hair, a medium build and carried a large two tone bag. The second subject appears to white female in her mid 20’s, dark hair unknown length pulled back, large build and carried a large dark bag.
If you have any information about this crime, or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-STOP (7867).
Tips can also be texted anonymously to “TIP411” (847411) with the keyword “TIPCLPD” within the text.
Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest and filing of criminal charges against offenders.
CRIME STOPPERS DOES NOT USE CALLER I.D.
You may also call the Crystal Lake Police Department Investigations Division at 815-459-4481. This number also does not use caller I.D.