According to a press release from PDHD Public Information Officer Allison Beshear, anyone between those ages living in Trigg, Lyon, Caldwell, Livingston and Crittenden Counties are eligible for the free vaccines.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot for everyone 6 months and older, especially those with chronic illnesses,” Beshear said. “Flu season is upon us and if you haven’t received your shot now is the time to do so.”
The vaccines are being given out at the county health departments, including the Trigg County Health Department, located at 196 Main St., and they will also be available from school clinics in Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and Lyon Counties. There isn’t a school clinic in Trigg County.
Travis Hamby, superintendent of the Trigg County School System, said the PDHD hadn’t contacted him about having a school clinic this year.
Anyone over the age of 18 who wants a flu vaccine can get one at Trigg County Health Department for $25. The vaccine is free to those who are on Medicaid or Medicare.
According to a CDC press release, the 2010-2011 vaccine protects against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus.
Like in previous years, the vaccine protects against the three viruses that CDC researchers predict will be most common, the CDC said. While the vaccine didn’t protect against all of the most common strains a few years ago, there hasn’t been any indication that this is the case this year, said Beshear.