Flu shots available for those at high risk

November 04, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Boyle County Health Department has been vaccinating about 100 people a day for the flu, and there are still shots available for high risk groups.

There have been no flu cases reported to the health department. Nurse supervisor Vikki Vernon said the first cases usually show in late November and early December.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington also has a limited flu vaccine supply. The hospital is only giving vaccinations to those receiving care there, and who are high risk to contract the flu.

Those considered high risk are:

* Adults 65 and over, but the county health department is giving shots to those 50 and older.

* People 2 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes.

* Pregnant women.

* Children, 6 months to 18 years old, on chronic aspirin therapy.

Health care workers who have direct contact with patients in Boyle County can get a shot, with proof of employment, at the health department.


Cost is $17

The cost at the health department is $17. People should bring Medicare and medial cards, identification and proof of residence and chronic conditions. For more information, call (859) 236-2053.

VA is giving immunizations by appointment only at the Leestown Division. Clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Monday. To make an appointment call 1-888-281-4949 or (859) 281-4949.

People, who are not high risk, can still avoid the flu with good hygiene, Vernon said. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

* Wash your hands frequently.

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Stay home when you are sick; don't run errands, go to work or school. Any illness can weaken your immune system, and it will be easier to contract other illnesses.

* Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread when someone touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

* Stop smoking.

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