Flu Shots

If you want a flu shot this year it may be easier to get, even if you're not in the high-risk category.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health is recommending health care providers expand the groups recommended for flu vaccines to all of those who want it.

Public Health Commissioner, Doctor William Hacker, says he believes there will be an adequate supply of flu vaccine for the upcoming flu season.

Julia Davidson, the Clinical Director for the Barren River District Health Department, says so far they've received 60 percent of their flu vaccine order.

Davidson says until it gets the rest of the vaccine, many area health departments are still reserving their doses for those who are at high risk.

She says: "Most of the counties are pretty much focusing on the highest risk individuals, getting them vaccinated first and then we'll move on to those who aren't at high risk."

Those who are considered "high risk" include the elderly, people who aren't elderly but have a chronic health condition, children who are 6 months to two years old, and expectant mothers.

If you want to take a few extra precautions Davidson says there are several things you can do: "Everyone should know handwashing is the best way to prevent germs. If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth, get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet."

If you haven't received a vaccination yet, there's still time. Davidson says flu season peaks in February, so you can still get a vaccination in November, December, and even in January.

If your local health department or healthcare provider doesn't have enough vaccine now, the Kentucky Department for Public Health urges you to keep checking.

For more information you can log onto http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ or http://www.barrenriverhealth.org/.

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