The top health official in the U.S. says Kentucky is eligible to receive more than $4.8 million to help prepare for the upcoming swine flu season.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that money breaks down to $3.6 million for the state to use for a public health emergency and $1.2 million for hospital preparedness.

Some of the expenses the money would be used for include vaccinations and implementing strategies to reduce exposure to the swine flu, or H1N1, virus.

The funds are part of a total of $260 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grants and $90 million in Hospital Preparedness grants to be distributed nationwide.