NKY Health Dept. confirms another swine flu death

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky Health Department has confirmed another Swine Flu-related death.

A Kenton County woman in her 50's died in November, but testing only recently confirmed that the woman's death was associated with the Swine Flu. She had underlying medical conditions prior to her death, according to the information provided to the Health Department.

The death is the sixth in the Northern Kentucky region. Previously, deaths were reported in residents of Kenton County (2), Boone County (2) and Pendleton County (1). The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting a total of 36 deaths statewide associated with Swine Flu.

"Although it's been several weeks since it occurred, a death is still a tragedy for the individual's family, and we extend our sympathies to them," said Steven R. Katkowsky, M.D., District Director of Health. "Swine flu is an unpredictable virus. Thus, it is important to take steps to protect ourselves from the illness."

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has vaccinated more than 28,000 people against the Swine Flu, and has provided more than 59,000 doses of the vaccine to more than 90 medical providers. The agency continues to encourage people to receive the vaccine.

A community vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, at Cooper High School, 2855 Longbranch Road, Union, Ky. Target groups for the clinic include children and families in the Boone County School District, children under age 10 who received a first dose of the vaccine prior to December 11 and require a second dose, and those individuals at high risk for complications from the flu.

Additional details for the clinic are available on the Health Department's Web site at http://www.nkyhealth.org.

The Health Department will also provide the vaccine by appointment in its county health centers, and will open vaccination to anyone wishing to receive the vaccine-not just those groups at high risk for complications.

Appointments for the vaccinations in the county health centers will be taken by phone beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 11. Appointments will be scheduled in advance, with the first appointments beginning on Wednesday, January 20. The vaccine will be provided for free, and will be available as both a shot and nasal spray. Each health center will offer 30 appointments per day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Individuals are asked to contact the health center most convenient for them to schedule an appointment. Locations and phone numbers are:

  • Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky., 859.363.2060
  • Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859.431.1704
  • Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky. 859.824.5074
  • Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859.431.3345.

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