Health Officials Encourage Everyone To Get A Flu Shot

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

State officials say the flu is widespread in Kentucky right now and they're encouraging anyone who hasn't received a flu shot to get one.

Many of the places that offer the vaccine are out of the shot.

We checked around in the Corbin area where several school systems called off school last week because of illness.

“We didn't start seeing a whole lot of influenza until about three weeks ago and since then it's been up dramatically,” Dr. Carmel Wallace said.

One school official says attendance is back up this week, but health experts say the flu outbreak is far from over.

“I would encourage any adult that hasn't had their flu shot to get it because we still have six to eight weeks of flu season to go through,” Dr. Wallace said.

The only problem that we found is that many places that administered shots in the fall are now out.

The Whitley County Health Department is out of the vaccine for the season.

Other facilities have also run out.

“Baptist Regional Medical Center had about 1500 vaccines we gave out to the community and our employees and we no longer have any of the vaccine left,” Lenell Jackson said.

Corbin Pediatric Associates still has a small supply.

“Continue to check with your health departments because the state still has a supply they're sending out . . just not in large numbers,” Dr. Wallace said.

Doctors say once you get the shot it still takes ten days to two weeks to become effective in keeping the flu away

They do say it’s better late than never.

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  • by LOL Location: Pike Coi. on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    I took the shot and guess what I still got the flu!!!!
  • by J Location: KY on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    Why would getting a flu shot help now? I read on CNN that the shot is not the right one for the type of flu that is now widespread. The article said that they missed the type this year and that is why it is so widespread. So what good would getting a shot do now???


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