face-to-face with the sick person. When holding small children
who are sick, place their chin on your shoulder so that they
will not cough in your face.
Remind the sick
person to cover coughs and clean hands often, especially after
coughing and sneezing.
Ask the person's
health care provider about any special care that might be
needed, especially if the person is pregnant or has a health
condition such as diabetes, asthma or emphysema.
Ask the patient's
health care provider whether the patient, household contacts of
the sick person or you, as the caregiver, should take anti-viral
Keep the sick
person away from other people as much as possible, especially
others who are at high risk of complications from the flu.
Make sure everyone
in the household cleans their hands often, using soap and water
or an alcohol-based hand rub.
cleaning and disposal procedures. Throw the sick person's
tissues and other used disposable items in the trash
immediately. Clean all surfaces by wiping them down with a
attention right away if the patient has:
Purple or blue
discoloration of the lips.
Pain or pressure
in the chest or abdomen.
example, uncontrolled convulsions).
that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
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The hours for vaccines at the health department are 7:30 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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
Logan County Department
of Public Health]