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Health Department Offers Flu Shots by Appointment to Those at High Risk

Monday October 16, 2006

                                                  
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 16, 2006) Beginning Tuesday, October 17, the Louisville Metro Health Department will begin making appointments for flu shots to be administered at its 400 E. Gray Street location. Appointments will be limited to those at high risk for complications from the flu. For an appointment, phone 574-5643.

Those at high risk are:

  • People age 50 and older
  • Children age 6 months to 5 years.
  • Children 2-18 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy
  • Household members and caretakers of infants younger than 6 months of age
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Residents of long-term--care facilities
  • Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care

Flu shots are $25 each and pneumococcal shots are $35. The nasal flu mist vaccine is also available for $35. Medicare Part B or Passport insurance plans will cover the cost for flu immunizations. The Louisville Metro Health Department will not turn anyone away because of inability to pay. 

Following recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Department is first offering flu shots to high-risk residents. The Health Department expects to make flu shots available to the general public later in the season. If you have questions, phone MetroCall at 311 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/health.