Flu facts

From the Logan County Department of Public Health

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[January 23, 2013]  If you have been diagnosed with the flu, it is important to stay home and follow your health care provider's recommendations. Talk to your health care provider about prescription and over-the-counter medications that can ease flu symptoms and help you feel better faster.

There are also ways to treat the flu and its symptoms without medications:

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Drink clear fluids like water, broth or sports drinks to prevent becoming dehydrated.

  • Place a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms and legs to reduce discomfort associated with a fever.

  • Use a humidifier in your room to make breathing easier.

  • Gargle warm salt water to soothe a sore throat.

  • Cover up with a warm blanket to calm chills.

The Logan County Department of Public Health has a limited supply of flu vaccines still available. 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 is also available on the HOPE Mobile during its regularly scheduled stops.

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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.

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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