From the Logan County Department of Public Health
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The flu and common cold have similar
symptoms, but the flu tends to be more severe. It can be difficult
to tell the difference between the two. Your health care provider
can give you a test within the first few days of illness to
determine whether or not you have the flu.
While influenza activity has only been sporadic throughout the U.S.
to date, vaccination is still beneficial as long as influenza
viruses are circulating. CDC recommends that providers begin to
offer influenza vaccination as soon as vaccine becomes available in
the fall, but if you have not been vaccinated by Thanksgiving or the
end of November, it can still be protective to get vaccinated in
December or later.
Influenza is unpredictable and seasons can
vary. Seasonal influenza usually peaks in January or February, but
the illness can occur as late as May.
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 is also available on the HOPE Mobile during
its regularly scheduled stops.
The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $25 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.
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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 the
Logan County Department of Public