Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Flu facts

From the Logan County Department of Public Health

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[January 15, 2013]  If you are caring for someone in your home with the flu, it is important to know how to keep yourself and others in the home from getting sick as well. Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible, especially those who are at high risk of complications from the flu.

You can do this in your home by creating a sickroom. Keep the sick person in a room away from common areas of the house. If you have more than one bathroom, have the sick person use one and well people use the other. Clean the sickroom and bathroom daily with household disinfectant. The sick person should not have visitors other than caregivers.

Take these additional steps to help protect yourself and others in your home from getting the flu.

  • Everyone in the house should clean their hands with soap and water frequently, including after every contact with the sick person.

  • Remind the sick person to cover coughs and sneezes and clean his or her hands afterward.

  • Avoid being face-to-face with the sick person. Anyone with an increased risk of severe illness from the flu should not care for the sick person.

  • Hold small children who are sick with their chin on your shoulder so that they will not cough in your face.

  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

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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 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.

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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