Seasonal Flu Vaccinations 

Appointments are now available for seasonal flu vaccination. Flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. High-dose flu shots are available to those ages 65 and older. Flu vaccination is free for anyone with Medicare B, Medicaid, State employees, and State retirees upon presentation of their insurance cards. JCHD also accepts most types of health insurance, so please bring your insurance card at the time of service. Vaccination fees can also be paid by cash, check, debit or credit card. A bivalent COVID-19 booster is also available at the same appointment for those who are eligible. JCHD provides vaccinations by appointment Monday-Friday. Appointments can be booked online at or by calling 618-684-3143, ext.150

New Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters

The CDC and FDA have authorized use of new bivalent COVID-19 boosters. These boosters target the original virus which causes COVID-19, plus Omicron subvariants which make up most current cases. Boosters can be given to individuals who completed their primary vaccination series and had their last dose or booster at least two months prior.

The Pfizer bivalent booster can be administered to those age 12 and above. The Moderna bivalent booster can be administered to those age 18 and above. The bivalent boosters cannot be administered as a primary series (i.e. initial Covid shots). 

UPDATE 9/26/22 9:30AM: JCHD has both Pfizer & Moderna bivalent booster vaccines available. Bivalent boosters target both the original strain of the virus which causes COVID-19, plus Omicron variants which make up most current cases of COVID-19. Boosters are available to anyone who has received their primary vaccination series, so long as it has been at least two months since the last dose or booster. Pfizer is available for ages 12+ and Moderna is available for ages 18+. 

JCHD provides vaccinations by appointment Monday-Friday. Appointments can be booked online at or by calling 618-684-3143 ext.150. JCHD provides COVID-19 vaccinations free of charge. 

Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is very contagious and can be extremely painful. Currently, we have not received the vaccine needed to help reduce the spread of monkeypox. Once the vaccine is available for us to administer, we will provide updated eligibility criteria.

Symptoms and Transmission 

Monkeypox occurs in three stages. After an incubation period of approximately 1–2 weeks, a prodrome, characterized by fever and lymphadenopathy occurs, which is followed by the onset of a deep-seated vesicular or pustular rash that often begins centrally and spreads to the limbs. Transmission of monkeypox can occur through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids, through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or intimate physical contact, or through touching items, such as clothing or linens, that previously touched a patient’s infectious rash or body fluids. Patients are considered contagious until the scabs have crusted over and fallen off and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed underneath.

 Additional Resources:

Illinois Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency: 

CDC Frequently asked questions about Monkeypox: 

Key Characteristics of Monkeypox:


APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINATIONS - front bldg, 415 Health Dept Rd, Murphysboro, IL 62966.  Follow this link to schedule an appointment for COVID, Flu or any other immunization.  For assistance call 618-684-3143. 

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