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Flu facts

From the Logan County Department of Public Health

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[November 15, 2011]  The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications in children is to get a flu vaccine every year. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be the most common during the upcoming season.

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. This includes all children from age 6 months up to their 19th birthday.

  • If a child is receiving flu vaccine for the first time, the child will need two doses, spaced four weeks apart.

  • Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old.

  • Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.

  • Children with chronic health problems like asthma and diabetes are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications.

The hours for vaccines at the health department are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. No appointment is required. The influenza vaccine will also be available on the HOPE Mobile during its regularly scheduled stops.

The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $30 for adults, $16.75 for children 6 months through 18 years of age who have no health insurance or health insurance that doesn't cover vaccines, and free to those with a Medicaid or Medicare card.

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 the Logan County Department of Public Health]

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