Flu shots available; more state info on H1N1

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By The Staff

The Bullitt County Health Department reminds the public that the best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccination shot annually.

Flu shots are now given at the Health Department on Lees Valley Drive in Shepherdsville.

Flu shots will be given on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

If you have Medicare HMO, please contact your primary care provider to get the flu vaccine.

If you have supplemental insurance along with Medicare, please bring both cards.

If you have Medicaid, please bring both the Medicaid and Passport ID cards.

The cost of the flu shot for those not Medicare/Medicaid eligible will be $20.

Parents bringing a child covered by private health insurance need to check with the insurance company to see if coverage for flu vaccination is covered.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany children receiving flu shots.

Please wear a short-sleeved shirt for your convenience.


Kentucky starts hotline for Swine Flu questions

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu. The toll-free hotline number is 1-877-843-7727, and it will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

“We want Kentuckians to be able to access the most current and accurate information related to the ongoing 2009 H1N1 flu situation,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Particularly now that vaccine is beginning to become available, we know that citizens will have questions about whether the H1N1 flu vaccine is right for them and when they might be able to receive it. The hotline and Health Alert Web site will provide easier access to the information they need.”

The flu hotline will be staffed by nurses and administered by Kosair Children’s Hospital, a part of Norton Healthcare, through a contract with DPH funded by a federal grant award related to H1N1 activities.

Kosair Children’s Hospital also operates the state’s Regional Poison Center hotline. The flu hotline will be active through at least the end of December.

“As an advocate for children and families across the state, we are committed to ensuring that the public has access to the most accurate, up-to-date information about health issues, including H1N1influenza,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, president of Kosair Children’s Hospital and pediatric services at Norton Healthcare. “We are pleased to be able to partner with the state to help people get their questions and concerns about H1N1 answered.”

The symptoms of both seasonal and H1N1 influenza include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and may include vomiting or diarrhea. Individuals at higher risk for complications—such as those with chronic health conditions or who are pregnant—should contact a health care provider early, in case treatment with antiviral medication is necessary.

Common sense precautions to prevent illness include: avoiding close contact with those who are ill; staying home when sick; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth; and frequent hand washing.