Flu shots in full swing

Prevention is better than treatment, nurses say

By Katheran Wasson Published:

Franklin County Health Department nurses visited Second Street School Wednesday to give flu shots, part of their annual push for prevention.

Tammie Bertram, director of nursing, said the Health Department gives the vaccine at about 70 sites each year, starting in early September.

“Prevention is the best thing to do – it’s much better than treatment,” she said.

“People should focus on washing their hands, getting a flu shot, covering coughs and sneezes and other regular prevention measures.”

The flu hasn’t hit Franklin County yet, but Bertram said other Kentucky towns have reported cases, including several in Ashland around the start of the school year.

She said the flu will likely peak around the holidays and stick around through February.

This year’s flu vaccine is the same as last year, she said, but it’s being offered in a new way. In addition to the traditional vaccine and nasal spray, there’s now a syringe with a tiny needle that goes under the skin – ideal for people who are afraid of needles, Bertram said.

Flu shots are available on a walk-in basis every day at the Health Department clinic on Glenns Creek Road. The cost is $25, and Medicare, Medicaid and Humana health insurance are accepted.

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