Residents urged to receive flu vaccine



Alloway recognized for service

Local residents were urged to receive a flu vaccination by officials at the Logan County District Board of Health meeting Wednesday, following a spike in influenza cases reported after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said he has seen an increase of influenza cases this week at his private practice, Maple Leaf Family and Sports Medicine, 2211 Timber Trail, and other physicians are reporting similar findings.

Flu shots are available at the Logan County Health District’s 310 S. Main St. office during regular immunization clinics — 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday and 2 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month.

These walk-in clinics are open to children and adults, following a recent change to combine child and adult clinics.

The cost of the vaccine for children ages 18 and younger will be $20 for either the regular injection or FluMist. For adults, both the regular injection and FluMist are $30, and a high dose vaccine for people age 65 and older is $40.

With this year’s flu shots, a new quadrivalent vaccine is available that will protect against two strains of influenza A and also two types of influenza B, Nursing Director Kay Schroer said at a recent meeting. This vaccine will be available in the immunizations for ages 3 through 64.

The high dose vaccine that offers additional antigens for older adults is a trivalent vaccine.

In other matters, the board honored member Phil Alloway during his last meeting after about four years of service. He will be stepping down from the board as a result of his election as a Richland Township trustee, a position that begins in January.

“Thank you for all that you’ve done for the board, it is very much appreciated,” President Don Spath said.

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