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