LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Wednesday September 26th is Kentucky Flu Shot Day.

State officials are using a "Focus on the Flu" campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated. Last year, 49 people died from the flu in Jefferson County. 325 people died in the state of Kentucky from the flu, including five children.

There's three key campaign messages:

  • Get your shot by the end of October (for anyone six months or older)
  • Consult your doc (if you have flu symptoms, see a doctor because there are treatments that can help)
  • Prevent the spread (reduce contact with others, especially those vulnerable to flu complications, wash your hands often, and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze)

Doctor Bruce Scott, M.D. with the Kentucky Medical Association says you can't get the flu from the flu shot. 
"The side effects of getting the shot are rare and very minor compared to getting the flu itself. I want to be very clear-- you can not get the flu from the flu vaccine. There's no live virus in the vaccines." 

The flu shot prevents up to 60% of flu cases, and it also helps protect the most vulnerable in the community by reducing their risk of coming in contact with the virus.

Even if someone gets the flu after getting the flu shot, the symptoms should be far less severe.

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