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[November 18, 2009]  Logan County Department of Public Health is currently offering seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccines.

The seasonal flu vaccine is being offered to anyone 3 years and older who wants to protect themselves from the seasonal flu.

People who should get a seasonal flu vaccination each year:

  • Children from age 6 months up to their 19th birthday.

  • Pregnant women.

  • People 50 years of age and older.

  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

    • Health care workers.

    • Household contacts of people at high risk for complications from the flu.

    • Household contacts and caregivers of children less than 5 years of age, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children less than 6 months of age (these children are at higher risk of flu-related complications).


The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine continues to be available only to:

  • Pregnant women with a doctor's order.

  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age.

  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact.

  • Children 6 months through 24 years of age.

  • Individuals 25 through 64 years old with an underlying health condition, excluding hypertension.

The seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine may be obtained during walk-in clinic hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines will also be available on the HOPE Mobile during its regularly scheduled stops.

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To help reduce the spread of influenza, remember the three "C's":

  • CLEAN your hands frequently with warm soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel.

  • COVER your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use your elbow, not your hands.

  • CONTAIN your germs by staying home when sick until your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications.

For more information, visit www.flu.gov and www.lcdph.org or call the Logan County Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317.

[Text from file received from the Logan County Department of Public Health]

The weekly "flu facts" are sponsored by the Logan County Department of Public Health and the Pandemic Influenza Community Coalition.

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