Local health departments preparing for flu season
MAYFIELD, Ky. - It is Wednesday morning at the Graves Health Department and workers are on the lookout for shipments of this year's flu shot.
Last year, the Centers For Disease Control estimated 1 in 5 Americans got the flu. This year, the Health Department is preparing for big numbers. They ordered an additional 250 doses.
Registered Nurse Rita Thorn says just as soon as the shipments for adults arrive, clinics will begin.
"You really need to get your flu shot," she stressed.
"It does get kinda scary when schools start closing down," she added.
So, for this flu season whether its water fountains, doorknobs, or desks schools like Mayfield Middle will be cleaning several times a week.
"Last year was pretty bad," School Nursing Supervisor Kathy Gifford said.
She says this year she is targeting kids, "They won't take the flu virus or any other bugs they catch home to the parent, who then has to miss work and the snowball just keeps growing from there."
Rita Thorn says this year prevention- washing hands and getting a flu shot- is key.
The CDC says now is the time to get your flu shot. One shot will last the entire season.