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Flu Prevention Education Reduced in 2010 Flu Season

By Angela Hatton

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky state health department is scaling back its flu prevention education campaign this flu season. That's because the state won't receive federal flu prevention funding like last year. State health officials say ads that encourage Kentuckians to wash their hands frequently and "cover their cough" helped limit the spread of last year's H1N1 flu. This season's flu isn't expected to be as bad, but officials hope everyone six months and older will get vaccinated. State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says another change is that the vaccine will not be provided free from the federal government.

"There will be some cost to the general public when they go to their providers, their normal providers for the vaccine, for vaccine, whether it be at the local health department or at the private doctor's offices or at the hospital."

Kentuckians will also see fewer flu clinics in schools. The H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines have been rolled into one, though some previously unimmunized children may need more than one dose. Over 160 million doses will be produced nationwide.