Kentucky health officials urges people to get vaccinated


Kentucky health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week which ends December 8. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications. National Influenza Vaccination week is a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against flu.

As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

This year the health department has Fluzone High Dose quadrivalent flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older.

Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and missed work or school.

Flu Shot

Free flu shots will be available to everyone Wednesday, Dec. 5. Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.

Flu can be serious for anyone, but vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk of complications from the flu.

While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, detected through the Influenza-Like Illness Sentinel Surveillance System.

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