Prather encouraging people to get flu shots
Woodford County Public Health Director Cassie Prather said people in the community should get their flu vaccinations as soon as possible, and vaccines are readily available at the local health department. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in those that are coming out early to get their flu shots,” said Prather. “So I think the (early onset of fall-like) weather might have something to do with that, and also this year of dual diagnosis with COVID and flu.” Prather said high-dose vaccines are recommended for anyone 65 years and older, and children can begin getting their flu shot when they’re 6 months old. Pregnant women are also “highly encouraged” to get a shot because their baby will receive some immunity from the vaccination, she said. As of Monday, the Woodford County Health Department had administered 68 flu shots, according to Prather. She agreed that wearing a protective mask will also reduce the spread of influenza.