(SPRINGFIELD) As soon as the influenza vaccine is available, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated. Health officials say that while the normal shots are available this year, the nasal spray flu vaccine is once again available after two years. The flu activity in Illinois peaks between December and February, although the flu season can drag on and last as late as May. To locate where the flu vaccine is available, go online at www.vaccinefinder.org or contact your doctor or local hospital or clinic. For more on influenza in general, check the state website, at www.dph.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors & people with disabilities starting next Monday, October 1. While the sign up for disconnected households and families with children ages 5 and under will start November 1, all other individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning December 1. For a complete list of all requirements and to see what’s needed for an application, go online to www.liheapIllinois.com or call up the LIHEAP toll-free hotline at 1-877-411-9276.