Health & Medicine

Mongiardo gives seasonal flu shots to Beshears

FRANKFORT — Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, administered seasonal flu shots Thursday to Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear in the governor's Capitol office.

The governor's communications office issued a news release, photos and video about the shots to emphasize the need for Kentuckians to get their flu vaccine.

The Beshears said they urge all Kentuckians to get a seasonal flu shot or nasal vaccine spray and encourage parents to make sure children older than 6 months also receive protection against the seasonal flu.

"The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to receive the flu shot or nasal vaccine spray," Beshear said. "Ensuring that all eligible children and adults are vaccinated helps protect the health of our communities at large, by reducing the flu's spread and severity."

Kentucky expects local health departments and private health care providers to have plenty of seasonal vaccine on hand for this year's season, and clinics are already being scheduled at many locations around the state. For information on seasonal vaccine availability, Kentuckians should contact their health provider or local health department.

The flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, but usually peaks between January and March.