Health facilities encourage people to get flu shots to help protect those who are immunocompromised

With cold weather and flu season right around the corner, many health facilities are asking people to get a flu shot to help keep their immune system strong, but also those who cannot receive a flu shot or are immuno-compromised. Pike County Health Department Nurse Advisor Stephanie Bentley said starting October 1st people can come get a flu shot between the hours of 8-11 AM or 1-3 PM without an appointment while supplies last. Sarah Blackburn is a teacher at Pikeville Elementary who has a son currently living with cystic fibrosis. She states that Liam was hospitalized for almost a month and sent home after fighting with a common cold. She mentioned that since Liam has a weak immune system and comes in contact with many people daily, he could be severely affected by someone who may have the flu or any airborne virus. Blackburn and Bentley both encourage anyone who is on the fence about getting a flu shot this year to do so not only for their own well being, but the well being of others who might be immuno-compromised.