Each year the Kentucky Medical Association chooses a health issue to conduct a public education campaign. Last year's influenza epidemic resulted in more than 10,000 cases of infection and 325 deaths in Kentucky alone.The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky seeks to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians, including reducing health risks and eliminating disparities. Flu vaccination rates are historically lower among underprivileged populations in Kentucky, but the virus can affect anyone and it can be particularly devastating for those with other serious health conditions. The Foundation felt that the goals of the campaign and the partnership with the KMA and physicians across the state would be very beneficial to combating this illness.
A flu shot is your best line of defense against the flu and its potentially serious complications. While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common.
The flu shot is safe and is recommended for everyone 6 months and older each year before flu activity begins in their community, which is typically the end of October.
For more information, www.kyma.org/flu