Influenza Virus still active
Flu Vaccine still available at the Logan County
Department of Public Health
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[February 09, 2016]
- As of February 3, 2016, three individuals were reported to the
Logan County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) as testing positive for
the influenza virus. Although we are well into the winter months,
influenza can remain active throughout winter and into late spring. If
you have not received your flu shot, now is the time to get vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), influenza, commonly called "the flu," is an infection of the
respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. Compared with most
viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza
infection often causes a more severe illness.
Typical influenza illness includes fever (usually 100 degrees F
to 103 degrees F in adults and often even higher in children) and
respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy
nose, as well as headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
Although nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can sometimes accompany
influenza infection, especially in children, these symptoms are
rarely the primary symptoms. Most people who get the flu recover
completely in 1 to 2 weeks, but some people develop serious and
potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as
The regular seasonal flu vaccine and FluMist which is an inhalant
(for those ages 2-49 years) are currently available at LCDPH.
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The LCDPH is now directly billing private insurance for your convenience. You
must bring your insurance card to receive a vaccine or cash pay will be
required. The out of pocket cost for regular seasonal flu vaccine is $35 and the
cost for the FluMist is $41. The LCDPH recommends talking with your doctor about
which type is best for you.
The LCDPH will always strive to protect the community, promote positive living
and prevent disease in its mission to keep the community healthy. If you have
questions regarding vaccines, the clinic and other services, contact the LCDPH
at 217-735-2317. Current health department hours of operation are Monday through
Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to Noon.
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP, Public Health
Administrator, Logan County Department of Public Health]