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[OCT. 17, 2005]  The Logan County Health Department will begin giving flu vaccine on Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continue from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Monday through Friday through the month of December to any person wishing to be vaccinated.

"The flu vaccine is in ample supply to vaccinate all those interested in being protected from the flu virus," said Mark Hilliard, administrator of the health department.

People are asked not to come to the health department early and stand out in poor weather.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $20, or free with Medicaid or Medicare coverage. Clients are asked to bring their Medicaid or Medicare card with them at the time of vaccination.

The following high-risk groups are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated:

  • All children 6-23 months of age.
  • Adults age 65 and older.
  • People age 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions (with a physician's statement).
  • All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
  • Children 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy.
  • Health care workers involved in direct patient care.
  • Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months.

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In addition people age 50 to 64 and those who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications should receive the flu vaccine.

"Everyone is eligible to receive the vaccine at this time," Hilliard emphasized.

The flu vaccine will also be available on the Rural Health Partnership Mobile Unit at its regular stops.

For additional or updated information, please call the health department at (217) 735-2317 or visit on the Web at

[Logan County Health Department news release]

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