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Health officials: still time to get your flu shot

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Health Department in Floyd County say it is not too late to get your flu shots but you need to do it as soon as possible.

Officials say they aren't surprised by the current flu outbreak. Floyd County Health Department Director Thursa Sloan explains, "Part of the reason we are where we are at is through the Christmas break you saw a lot of people traveling in and traveling out." Nurse supervisor Martha Ellis adds, "Now that the kids are coming back to the schools we are seeing an influx of children with the flu."

While officials wish more people had been vaccinated earlier, they say it's not too late. Sloan says, "We currently have an adequate supply of vaccine."

Officials say it takes at least two weeks for the vaccination to work, so if you have not received a flu shot you need to do so as soon as possible. Sloan says, "We really want to try and get everyone vaccinated as a preventative measure. We are at a push because it takes two weeks to be effective so we are really wanting to urge parents to get it done."

Officials say children have been hit hard by this years outbreak. Sloan says that is because of the primary strain, "H2N3 is the primary strain that is out there this year and it is unfortuantely the one that can make kids sicker."

To try and combat this pressing issue the Health Department has worked with the Floyd County Board of Education to make flu shots available in schools. Ellis explains their efforts, "We have even made trips to Frankfort to get extra flu vaccine so we could vaccinate the children out in the schools."

Schools in Floyd County began giving shots on Monday and will continue next week when students return.

Officials say if you have not received a flu shot to contact your health department, primary physician, or a school nurse.

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