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From the Logan County Department of Public Health

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[February 01, 2012]  Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it's the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu. If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, there is still time to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated. Flu season is just beginning in the United States, and the season may not peak until February or March. It is also possible that we could continue to see flu in the U.S. until May.

Anyone can get the flu, but some are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia. For those at greater risk for complications, getting the flu vaccine is especially important. Some of the groups at greater risk are:

  • Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old.

  • Pregnant women.

  • People with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes. or heart and lung disease.

  • People 65 years and older.

It is also important to get vaccinated if you take care of anyone in these high-risk groups, including babies younger than 6 months, because they are too young to get vaccinated themselves.

You and your family can still benefit from a flu vaccine. Make a commitment to your health and your family's health by getting your flu vaccine today.

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.

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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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