Fayette Health Officials preparing for the worst this flu season

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Fayette County Health Officials are preparing for what could be one of the worst flu seasons in years. They'll be dealing with two sets of vaccines; one for the seasonal flu and one for the H1N1 virus.

"We're trying to get the community involved and get them to understand it could possibly become a huge pandemic. We're trying to watch for that," explained April Thomas, who works for the fayette County Health Department.

Health officials say they'll need 800 to 1,000 volunteers to help with the various flu clinics this fall. The seasonal flu vaccine should be available in September. Health officials hope the H1N1 vaccine will be available in late October.

Thomas said "Anyone who can give a shot, anybody who can greet patients.... If you can help us, that would be great."

Thomas says the clinics will be separate; folks won't be able to get both vaccines at the same time.

She says children in school up through college are the target audience for the H1N1 vaccine. She also says the elderly are the target audience for the seasonal flu vaccine. Experts say everyone should get both.

"You don't want to be that sick. You may also run the risk of incubating some super virus--- so it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the seasonal and the H1N1."

Once health officials determine when they'll have clinics to vaccinate people, they will make that information available on their flu hotline. That number is 859-288-7529.

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