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Health Department to Hold Flu Shot Clinic at Slugger Field

Friday December 1, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 30, 2006) The Louisville Metro Health Department will hold its annual flu shot clinic at Louisville Slugger Field on Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Slugger Field is located at 401 E. Main Street. There will be plenty of free parking in the lot at Main and Jackson.

The Health Department will offer flu shots without appointment to anyone 6 months of age or older. No appointments are necessary for this clinic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention especially recommends flu shots for those at high risk for complications from the flu. This includes:

  • People age 50 and older
  • Children age 6 months to 5 years. This is the first year that the CDC has especially recommended flu shots for children 2 to 5 years of age.
  • 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. 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.

“Flu season normally peaks in our area in February and in some years even later,” said Metro Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. â€œIt takes about two weeks for your immune system to develop antibodies after you have gotten a flu shot. Getting a shot in December is adequate time to protect you from the flu,” said Troutman.

For information, phone MetroCall at 311 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

The mission of the Louisville Metro Health Department is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville.