Health officials: Get vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week. The week runs from December 6 through December 12.

National Influenza Vaccination Week serves as a reminder to that the time to get vaccinated continues into winter – through February or later, when flu season typically peaks. Department of Public Health officials say that since it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protective antibodies against the flu after being vaccinated, Kentuckians who have not had a chance to be vaccinated should seek out the opportunity now.

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The best way to protect against the flu is to receive a flu vaccination. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include.

  • Children ages 6 months through 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age or older
  • People age 6 months and older with chronic health problems
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Health care workers, household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high risk  for complications from the flu
  • Out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months old.

Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice about the need for a medical evaluation or treatment with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.  For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, please contact your local health department or visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov.