People may be
exposed to one of the influenza viruses in the vaccine shortly
after being vaccinated or during the two-week period that it
takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. This
exposure may result in a person becoming ill with flu before the
protection from the vaccine takes place.
People may become
ill with non-flu viruses that circulate during the flu season,
which can also cause flu-like symptoms. Flu vaccine will not
protect people from respiratory illness that is not caused by
A person can be
exposed to an influenza virus that is very different from the
viruses included in the vaccine. The ability of a flu vaccine to
protect a person depends largely on the similarity or "match"
between the viruses or virus in the vaccine and those in
circulation. There are many different influenza viruses.
Unfortunately, some people can remain
unprotected from flu despite getting the flu vaccine. This is
more likely to occur among people who have weakened immune
systems or the elderly. However, even among these people, a flu
vaccine can still help prevent complications.
The combined seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine is available at the
Logan County Department of Public Health for anyone 6 months of age
and older through walk-in clinics hours Monday through Friday, 7:30
a.m. until 4 p.m., or on the HOPE Mobile during its regularly
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For more information on the seasonal influenza vaccine, call the
Logan County Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317.
For more information, visit
www.flu.gov and www.lcdph.org.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department
of Public Health]
Announcement sponsored by
the Logan County Department of Public Health and the Pandemic
Influenza Community Coalition.