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Flu / Influenza


Background Information

Influenza, also known as the flu, is an illness that causes fever, headache, tiredness,  cough, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion and body aches.  It is usually spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing.

Influenza is different from the common cold.  It usually begins suddenly and can put you in bed for a number of days.  Most people who get influenza will recover in one to two weeks, but some people can develop very serious illnesses such as pneumonia, be hospitalized or die.  Very young children, people age 65 years and older and anyone with a chronic medical problem are most at risk of serious illness.

The flu is caused by a virus, so antibiotics like penicillin do not work to cure it.

Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic Information


The Allen County Health Department has started giving seasonal flu vaccines for the 2013-2014 flu season. The vaccine will be available through weekly Clinics at the Allen County Health Department on 


  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,  8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.


Appointments can also be made by visiting our website or by phone.


*All clinics are contingent upon vaccine supply availability.

The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Cost is $25.00 cash or check.  Medicare/Medicaid, Anthem, and Med Mutual insurances are also accepted. Please bring your insurance cards with you.

Seasonal Flu Information

Seasonal flu outbreaks usually follow a predictable, seasonal pattern usually in the winter.  Vaccines are developed based on known flu virus strains and are available each year.   Seasonal flu usually has a modest impact on society.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot every year.

CDC Seasonal Flu Information



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