WIC provides families with nutrition education and assistance in purchasing healthy foods. Even if you work, your family may qualify for WIC.
Kentucky is reporting flu at the regional level, meaning that there are outbreaks or increased flu cases in at least two but less than half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in those regions.
Northern Kentucky has had 1,157cases reported though March 1. Two deaths have been reported in an elderly woman from Kenton County, and in a middle-aged man from Kenton County. Both had a history of chronic health problems that may have made them more susceptible to flu.
Seasonal flu is responsible for severe illness and death every year, but who is most affected each season can vary depending on the predominant circulating virus. The 2009 H1N1 strain of flu has been more prevalent this year. This particular strain tends to affect young and middle-aged adults disproportionately when compared to other strains. If H1N1 continues to circulate, then we expect to see more people in these age groups getting severe respiratory illnesses this year. Fortunately, H1N1 is included in all flu vaccines, so if you’re vaccinated, you’ll be protected.
For the 2012-2013, a total of 3,492 cases of flu and eight deaths were reported. It was the highest ever.
The Health Department will offer a limited number of doses of flu vaccine by appointment at its four county health centers.
Cost is $20, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Some may have the fees reduced and even eliminated through either a federal program providing vaccines to children or for individuals covered by Medicaid.