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Free flu shots for JCPS students

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Get your flu shot early. That's the recommendation from the Metro Health Department.

The vaccines are stocked and ready to go. Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness will be hitting all Jefferson County Public Schools this year to offer free flu shots and nasal flu vaccines. From October 13th through December 9th, it will visit each school for one day. The exact school schedule is still being worked out.

Health Department Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says, "Last year, there was an emphasis on schools and communities that had a higher percentage in free and reduced lunch program. We had great turnout in those schools. Now, we estimate it if we do it citywide we'll have 22,000 students to take advantage of the school based program."

Offering the flu shots in schools allows the Health Department to reach some kids who may not have gotten a flu shot otherwise.

The Health Department is also holding several walk-in flu clinics.

Demontre Adams plans on getting a flu shot. He says, "My momma, she just had the flu for real."

Alonzo Richmond says he always gets a free flu shot from the VA Hospital. He says, "If you don't get it, you are going to feel awful bad. It won't make the wintertime so miserable."

Lenora Moore doesn't get flu shots anymore. She says she got so sick after getting a flu shot for the first time two years ago, but understands the importance of the shot. She says, "The flu shot is important and if you can take that flu shot and your body will tolerate it, it's good to take that flu shot."

At the NIA Center, signs say "Protect yourself and your loved ones from the Flu." They're promoting Tuesday's Flu Shot clinic from 9 am to noon. It's $25 for flu shots and the nasal mist.

For $40, there's a high dose vaccine for those 65 years and older designed to give them better protection against the flu.  There's also the pediatric preservative-free flu vaccine for $27.50. Some parents want that vaccine because of Autism fears. Nesbitt says, "There has been some studies that Thimerasol which is a component of Mercury would be linked. But there is no link to Mercury and Autism."

Once you get a flu shot, it still takes 10 to 14 days for your body to build up immunity. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity most commonly peaks in January or February.

But, seasonal flu can begin as early as October and go through late May. This year's flu shot also covers H1-N1 and Influenza A and B.

The flu shot is recommended for anyone who is over the age of six years old, pregnant women, people 50 years old and older, and people with certain chronic medical conditions.

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