Vaccine

LAWRENCEBURG, KY –Talk about consumer-driven health care. Anderson County Health Department will offer a drive-thru flu shot clinic on Friday, October 2nd from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. breaking for lunch from 2 to 3 p.m.

Drivers and passengers can get their flu shot without even having to get out of their cars! The clinic will take place at the lower level parking lot of the Anderson County Community Building, located in the County Park, at 1026 County Park Rd.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States on average: 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications of influenza. Brandon Hurley, Public Health Director for the Anderson County Health Department stated that “the most effective strategy for preventing influenza is to get an annual vaccination.” Hurley also emphasized that while this vaccine will not protect individuals from H1N1 influenza (commonly referred to as swine flu) it is still important to get the seasonal flu vaccine. “It’s important to get the seasonal flu vaccine as well as the anticipated H1N1 vaccine. We anticipate arrival of the new H1N1 vaccine sometime mid fall and will notify the public once it is received.”

CDC recommends those who are at high risk get vaccinated against the flu including children aged six months to their fifth birthday, pregnant women, people 50 years or older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes/long term care facilities, healthcare workers and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications. Hurley urges that while these high risk groups are encouraged to get the vaccination, “anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated.”

The shots are $20 or free with Medicaid or Medicare Part B. Human Unbridled Spirit insurance is also accepted with your normal co-pay. Cash or checks are accepted. The health department is unable to accept credit/debit cards.

For a full listing of flu shot clinics please call our office at 502-839-4551 or visit us online at www.achdonline.org. You must be a registered subscriber in order to view this Article.
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