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Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Flu Nasal Spray at Preparedness Exercise

Tuesday November 18, 2008

Free vaccine available to healthy adults ages 18 to 49 who are not pregnant

The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free nasal spray flu vaccine at an exercise to test its ability to administer such vaccine to the public in an emergency. There will be plenty of free parking.

The department will offer free nasal spray flu vaccine on Tuesday November 25 at the Walnut Street Baptist Church located at 1143 S. Third Street. Vaccine will be distributed beginning at 3 p.m. and will be available to the first 850 people or until 7 p.m., whichever comes first. The vaccine will be available only to healthy adults between the ages 18 and 49 who are not pregnant.

The Metro Public Health and Wellness Department will be offering the FluMist vaccine, which contains live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu. FluMist has been approved by the CDC for use in healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant. It has been used widely during the last several flu seasons. Only healthy adults 18 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant will be eligible to get FluMist at the exercise on November 25.

            The following adults should not get FluMist.

  • People who have long-term health problems such as:

- heart disease
- kidney or liver disease
- lung disease
- diabetes or other metabolic disease
- asthma
- anemia, and other blood disorders

  • Anyone with certain muscle or nerve disorders (such as seizure disorders or cerebral palsy) that can lead to breathing or swallowing problems.
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system.
  • The flu shot is preferred for people (including health-care workers, and family members) in close contact with anyone who has a severely weakened immune system (requiring care in a protected environment, such as a bone marrow transplant unit). People in close contact with those whose immune systems are less severely weakened (including those with HIV) may get FluMist.
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults 50 years of age and older

People with questions about whether they are eligible for FluMist may phone the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 574-6570. For other information, phone 311 or visit www.louisvilleky/health