Shots to help ward off seasonal flu became available Tuesday, a few weeks earlier than normal.
"We are trying to get as many shot into arms as we can," before starting vaccination for the H1N1 virus, said Kevin Hall, spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
This year, unlike most, there will be two flu vaccines available. One will help ward off the symptoms of the annual, seasonal flu. The other will help combat the H1N1, or swine flu, virus.
The seasonal flu vaccine became available at health departments, doctors' offices and other places offering shots, such as Kroger, Tuesday. The vaccine for the H1N1 virus will not be available until the end of October.
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The health department recommends that the public get both vaccines, Hall said. The department gave out about a dozen shots Tuesday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women and those living with or caring for children younger than 6 months should be given priority for the H1N1 vaccine. Also on the priority list for the H1N1 vaccine are health care and emergency medical services personnel, people from the ages of 6 months to 24 years, and people 25 through 64 who are at higher risk because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.