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Flu vaccine now available here

With this year’s flu season under way in Kentucky and ample supply of vaccine available, state health department officials are urging Letcher County residents to get their annual flu shot.

Flu shots are available at the Letcher County Health Department, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Appalachian Regional Hospital and the Jenkins Community Hospital.

This year, national guidelines have expanded the ages of children considered to be in the highrisk category for flu. It’s now recommended that all children between the ages of six months and 59 months (4 years and 11 months) have a flu shot each year. The recommendation used to apply only for children ages six months to 24 months.

The flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, and usually peaks between January and March. October and November are good months to be vaccinated for flu because it takes about two weeks for immunity to develop and offer protection against flu. However, vaccination can be given any time during the flu season. Infants and the elderly population are most at risk of serious illness, hospitalization or death from the flu.

Immunization is particularly recommended to protect Kentuckians 65 and older.

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