From the Logan County Department of Public Health
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The single best way to protect against
seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is to get a flu
vaccine every year. Are you or a member of your family at increased
risk of getting the flu or experiencing flu-related complications?
Although the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age
and older, the following groups are at increased risk of getting the
flu or experiencing complications related to the flu:
Children are at
higher risk for the flu because their immune systems are not
fully developed. Children with chronic health conditions are at
even higher risk.
Changes to a
pregnant woman’s immune system can make her more sensitive to
the flu. If you get the flu shot during pregnancy, it will
provide some protection to your baby after he or she is born.
immune systems weaken as you age, adults age 65 years and older
are more susceptible to the flu.
People who have certain medical
conditions -- including asthma, neurological and
neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart
disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney disorders,
metabolic disorders, weakened immune system due to disease or
medication, people younger than 19 years of age who are
receiving long-term aspirin therapy, and people who are morbidly
obese -- are all at an increased risk of getting the flu or
experiencing complications from 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.
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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.
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