Wednesday October 6, 2004
Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisville Metro Health Department will limit flu shots to the following high-risk individuals until further notice:
*all children 6–23 months of age;
*adults age 65 and older;
*children and adults with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders, or compromised immune systems;
*all women who will be pregnant during flu influenza season;
*residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
*children aged 6 months–18 years on chronic aspirin therapy;
*health-care workers involved in direct patient care; and
*out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months and all those living in the household of a child younger than 6 months.
The action comes after the Chiron Corporation notified the CDC yesterday that none of its influenza vaccine would be available for distribution in the United States. Although the Louisville Metro Health Department does not get any of its vaccine from Chiron, other local providers may be affected. The health department is taking this action to insure that those most at risk from complications from the flu have access to influenza vaccine.
Flu shots will be offered to those at high risk at the Health Department at 400 E. Gray weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 AM and from 1 to 3:30 PM beginning Thursday, October 7th. No appointments are necessary.
People may also make appointments for flu shots for those at high risk at the following sites.
Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Pl.
1411 Algonquin Pkwy.
Dixie Health Center
7219 Dixie Hwy.
Highview Health Center
7201 Outer Loop
Middletown Health Center
200 Juneau Drive
Neighborhood Pl. East
810 Barret Ave.
Newburg Health Center 4
810 Exeter Ave. 4
Flu shots are $20 each and pneumococcal shots are $30. Medicare Part B will cover the cost of both shots for those under the plan. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.