The influenza virus can survive for 24-48 hours
or longer on nonporous surfaces and for eight to 12 hours on porous
surfaces such as paper or cloth. The flu virus can easily be
transmitted to a person's hands from these surfaces.
may be spread when a person touches a hard surface (such as a desk
or door knob) or an object (such as a keyboard or pen) where the
virus has landed and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Routine cleaning of surfaces will help stop the virus from spreading
in this way.
Routinely clean surfaces and items that are frequently touched by
different people, such as doorknobs, faucets and telephones. Wipe
these surfaces with a household disinfectant, following the
directions on the product label.
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