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Ashland, Ky. – Flu vaccinations for the 2012-2013 flu season are now available at King’s Daughters Family Care, Urgent Care and Medical Specialties centers throughout the region. 
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine each year, as soon as the vaccinations are available. “It is especially important that individuals at high risk of developing serious complications be vaccinated,” said Lisa Fritz, KDMC infection control coordinator. “High risk individuals include those with asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease, as well as pregnant women and people 65 and older,” Fritz said. 
 
According to the CDC, flu can start hitting as early as October and continue as late as May. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and provide protection against the flu,” Fritz said, adding, “Annual vaccination is needed because the viruses are constantly changing. Each year’s vaccine is formulated to protect against the changes.” 
 
Flu vaccines are available without an appointment at the following King’s Daughters Urgent Care locations: 
 
• 2245 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. — (606) 408-2600
• I-64 Interchange, Grayson, Ky. — (606) 475-0152
• 912 Park Ave., Ironton, Ohio — (740) 532-1100
• 2001 Scioto Trail, Portsmouth, Ohio — (740) 353-6390  
 
Vaccines are also available at KDMC primary care locations in Ashland, Catlettsburg, Cedar Knoll, Flatwoods, Grayson, Morehead, Olive Hill, Pikeville, Russell and Sandy Hook, Ky., and Burlington, Ironton, Jackson, Portsmouth, Proctorville and Wheelersburg, Ohio.  
 
All locations welcome new patients. To find a King’s Daughters primary care provider, call 1-877-377-KDMC (5362) or visit kdmc.com. 
 
The cost of the flu vaccination will be billed to insurance; for self-pay patients the cost is $20. 
 
KDMC is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional information, visit us online at kdmc.com or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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