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Winter break good time to vaccinate

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[December 24, 2009]  The Logan County Department of Public Health advises that the winter school break is a good opportunity for those attending school and college to receive the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccinations.

"We anticipate another wave of H1N1 flu this winter into spring, and the seasonal flu has recently emerged in the area as suggested by local surveillance," according to Mark Hilliard, administrator of the health department.

"We also want to encourage children who have received one dose of either the H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccine and require a booster: Return to the health department for the second dose," Hilliard said.

Children 6 months to 9 years of age need two doses of H1N1 vaccine in order to develop full immunity. They also need two doses of seasonal flu vaccine if they are receiving the vaccine for the first time.


In addition, people 65 years and older are recommended for annual seasonal flu vaccination. People 65 and older who have not yet gotten a seasonal flu vaccine should still seek vaccination, although supplies of seasonal flu vaccine are limited because of early availability of, and high interest in, seasonal flu vaccine this year.

People 65 years and older are also now encouraged to seek vaccination against H1N1 flu, and local supply of that vaccine is sufficient.

Supplies of the vaccines to protect against the H1N1 virus are increasing, and many places, including the Logan County Department of Public Health, have opened up vaccination to anyone who wants it. This vaccine is the best way to protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus. Those who have been patiently waiting to receive the H1N1 vaccine, including people 65 years and older, are now encouraged to get vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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School, work and the activities of healthy living are too important to miss out on due to flu-related illness. The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine. And to prevent the spread of the flu, take everyday preventive actions including covering coughs, washing hands often and avoiding people who are sick.

Both flu vaccines are available at the Logan County Department of Public Health Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, check or call 217-735-2317, ext. 320.

The health department will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Day.

[Text from file received from the Logan County Department of Public Health]


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