From the Logan County Department of Public Health
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Like many other counties across the
nation, Logan County has received its first reports of
laboratory-confirmed influenza for the season. The Logan County
Department of Public Health has received 37 reports, with collection
dates occurring over the past couple of weeks.
On Jan. 3 the Centers for Disease Control reported significant
laboratory-confirmed flu activity in the United States, with 25
states, including Illinois, reporting widespread activity and
another 20 states reporting regional activity. In addition, the
number of patients who visited their doctor for influenza-like
illness is on the rise. These increases are indicators that the flu
season has arrived. So far, the 2009 H1N1 virus has been the most
common, with children and young adults most affected.
department reminds those who have not been vaccinated that it's not
too late for vaccinations. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6
months and older.
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.
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.
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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