Fighting The Flu

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Saturday was the first day that people could get their flu shots from the health department.

"I'm glad that now I can say that i've had my flu shot", Genova Vincent says.

Although Genova Vincent wasn't scheduled to have a flu shot at the clinic on Saturday, she knows how important it is to get a shot at this time of year, so she showed up hoping to get the vaccine.

"I recieved a phone call that they were going to take some walk-ins and so it didn't take me long to get here", says Vincent.

Last year, a shortage in supply left many lined up for a shot, but this weekend it wasn't a problem.

"We really want to focus in on the people over 65 who have some chronic medical condition that makes them more at risk for the complications from flu", says Senior Community Health Nurse Carol Kersting.

"I'm nearly 84 years old and it might be the last of me if I had the flu...so thats the reason I'm taking the flu shots", says Herold Pearson.

"If you get a severe case of the flu you can end up with pneumonia and sometimes even death...so its a good idea to get it every year", says Community Health Nurse Judy Ballard.

With flu season underway, it is important that those with the following chronic health conditions get your flu shots to avoid getting sick during the fall season and to fend off any future heath problems:

Asthma
Diabetes
Kidney Disease
Lung Disease
Heart Disease

The health department urges everyone to get a shot to protect yourself from the flu this season. Right now, only those most at risk with chronic health conditions are being given the vaccine.

If you'd like more information on when you can get your shot, you can call the Barren River Health Department at (270) 781-8039.


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