Health department reports delay in shipment of flu vaccine
vaccination of children to begin
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[October 03, 2009]
The Logan County Department of
Public Health staff reported on Friday that they are still awaiting
delivery of the majority of their seasonal flu vaccine order, citing
that information from vaccine manufacturers indicates that the
companies are experiencing difficulties in distributing the vaccine
in all areas across the U.S.
Following direction from the Illinois Department of Public Health,
the health departments began planning seasonal flu shot clinics soon
after receiving notice of an anticipated date for initial receipt of
vaccine. At that time there was no indication from the manufacturers
that there would be any delay in receiving the order. Subsequently,
action was taken to begin flu shot clinics early in the season in
order to ensure the best possible protection for the community.
The health department has no information at this time as to when
they might receive the seasonal flu vaccine ordered earlier this
year. Residents of the community are encouraged to use other local
resources such as pharmacies and physician offices whenever possible
to receive their seasonal flu shot. It is still early in the flu
season, and there is still plenty of time for individuals to receive
a seasonal flu shot and for it to be effective; however, those who
have specific health care concerns should contact their physician.
The health department has received seasonal influenza vaccine
distributed through the federal Vaccines for Children program.
Children ages 6 months through 18 years of age may receive the
seasonal influenza vaccine Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the
health department and on the HOPE Mobile beginning Monday. The cost
of the children's seasonal flu vaccine is $16.75, or free with a
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Individuals should continue to
practice preventive measures while waiting for both the seasonal and
the novel H1N1 flu shots to become available:
Clean your hands
Cover your nose and
mouth when coughing.
Contain spread of the flu virus by
staying home when you are ill.
Updates on the availability of flu vaccine and answers to
questions about the flu and flu vaccines may be obtained from the
health department's flu line: 217-735-2317, ext. 320.
For more information about the flu, visit
The HOPE Mobile is sponsored in part by the Logan County
Department of Public Health.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department
of Public Health]