Cook County health officials on Sunday announced a new awareness campaign aimed at keeping suburban residents up to date on COVID and flu vaccinations ahead of the holiday season.
The Boost Up campaign will run a series of ads throughout suburban Cook County, according to a statement from the Cook County Public Health Department.
Cook County Board Chairman Toni Prekwinkle said, “This message couldn’t have been better. “With the triple threat of COVID, seasonal flu and RSV looming, now is the perfect time to boost up. Get full immunity before you get together with your family and friends on Thanksgiving.”
Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton urged residents to get a COVID booster and a flu vaccine at the same time.
“With winter approaching and more people staying indoors, we need to take care of our health. Double shot and get healthy,” Britton said.
The agency also announced that 52 organizations were awarded $8.4 million in Building Healthy Communities grants. This initiative will provide a range of resources and programs to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and raise the needs of other communities.
“Through our response to COVID, we are reaching out to our communities to engage, build and strengthen relationships with trusted community partners who are working directly with the population, including those at high risk and with low vaccination rates. We’ve been working hard on it,” said Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Chief Operating Officer of the County Health Department.
With flu cases likely to reach pre-pandemic levels this year, health experts recommend getting flu shots earlier than usual.
Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported at least 3,823,905 COVID-19 cases and 35,289 deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.