Flu season could have an early start

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Nurses at the Knox County Health Department said now is the best time to get your flu shot. And they're taking advantage of the Daniel Boone Festival to get people vaccinated.

Nurses like Sandra Nickell do what they can to show folks that getting a flu shot isn't that bad.

"The true flu, you're going to be out several days from work, so it's just not worth it. It's just a little prick," said Nickell.

Getting your shot only takes a few seconds, and when the right person does it, the pain is minimal.

Nurses said one common misconception is that you can get sick from the shot. In the 1970s that did happen because the live flu virus was used in the vaccine. But over time that has changed.

"It's chemically based, so you cannot get the direct flu from the flu shot anymore," said Nickell.

"I take it, and I don't want to get real sick," said Flossie Hinkle.

Hinkle said taking the shot is a no-brainer for her. She's had the flu before and doesn't want it again.

"You ache and hurt all over," said Hinkle.

Nickell said they have already seen a number of flu cases in the area, which can be a sign.

"It's kind of surprising that we've already seen cases with flu. It's early, so that's not a good indicator," she said.

You may want to get your shot, so you won't end up sick.

The shots are $25 and are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurances.

Nurses will be back at the festival Friday. They'll be giving shots from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They're located at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Barbourville.


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