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Health commissioner: Not much flu activity seen locally

Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said today that despite Centers for Disease Control concerns of a potentially bad flu season in the making, he believes for several reasons that this flu season will not be worse than usual.

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DR. HODDINUTT

For one, many individuals have taken the step of getting vaccinated against the virus, he said.

“During the past two years, people have been getting the vaccine that protects against the particular strain of the influenza virus that we’re seeing. So many people have had this vaccine.”

Dr. Hoddinott, who practices at Maple Leaf Family & Sports Medicine, 2211 Timber Trail, noted that there has been very little flu activity seen locally. Most of the flu strains in the country have been centered in the South and the cases there have been fairly mild, he related.

“We’re only had one confirmed case of the flu at my practice. What we are seeing a lot of right now is cold and sinus issues.”

To protect against influenza, the health commissioner said the flu vaccine is highly recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older.

The Logan County Health District offers walk-in flu shot clinics for all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the 310 S. Main St. office. Children can also receive the vaccine during regular childhood clinics from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays and also from 2 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

A regular flu shot is $25, while FluMist is $30 and a high dose vaccine for ages 65 and older is available for $45.

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