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H1N1 Vaccinations in state, flu hotline still popular

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Kentucky continues to work to vaccinate as many people as possible from the H1N1 virus.

Fayette County Health officials said this morning they expect to get the county's first doses of the nasal vaccine by the end of the week.

"We've been told to have a 24 hour turn-around time," explained Kevin Hall, with the Fayette county Health Department. "We'll have a 24 hour notice. We'll get word, we'll make preparations and then get the vaccine to the clinics signed up to distribute them."

They'll be given to healthcare workers first, at the health department and clinics around the city.

"The primary goal right now is to take care of people who take care of the sick," explained Hall. "If you get the flu and you go to the doctors office and all the nurses and doctors aren't there because they're home sick; it doesn't do anybody any good."

On Monday, Kentucky reported two additional H1N1 flu deaths, bringing the state's total to four.

One was a teenager from Caldwell County, the other was a woman in her late 20's from Christian County.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has formed a new toll-free hotline so people can call with their questions related to the H1N1 flu and the seasonal flu.

The toll-free hotline number is (877)843-7727, and will operate from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

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