From the Logan County Department of Public Health
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If you are pregnant or plan to get
pregnant, a flu shot is the best protection for you and your baby.
Within two weeks after you get a flu shot, your body develops
antibodies that help protect you against the flu. Antibodies can be
passed on to your unborn baby and help protect the baby for up to
six months after he or she is born.
This is important because flu vaccines are not offered to babies
younger than 6 months. At that age, babies will not develop
sufficient immune response, so they can't get the flu shot until
they are 6 months old.
If you breast-feed your infant, antibodies
may also be passed in breast milk.
Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated against the flu.
The hours for vaccines at the Logan County Department of Public
Health, 109 Third St., are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until
4 p.m. No appointment is required.
The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $27 for adults and children
with health insurance that covers vaccines, $23.75 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
health department 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