Registration for flu vaccine is now open. Full-time, part-time, term, temporary or phased retired employees are eligible. An appointment is necessary.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed mosquitoes have tested positive for the dreaded West Nile virus in northern Illinois. No human cases have been reported yet, and there are steps you can take to avoid being infected.

As fall approaches, thoughts of protecting oneself from influenza, or the flu, come to mind. The flu is a viral infection that is spread through air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. Typically, influenza viruses circulate in the United States from late fall through early spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend an annual influenza vaccine for all persons older than six months and who have no contraindication to the vaccine…