Have the flu? Stay home.

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By The Staff

Reports that the flu has reached "widespread" status in Kentucky has prompted the Anderson County Department of Health to offer free flu shots each day.

"The flu is striking later than usual this year, causing some Anderson County to worry," said Cheri Johnson, a registered nurse with the health department. "Local health officials are also concerned, especially with the flu hitting its peak in our region in just the last few weeks and reaching widespread status in the state just this week."

The free shots are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the health department, located on Main Street in Lawrenceburg. They will be given on a walk-in basis, and no appointments are necessary, Johnson said.

Along with getting a shot, Johnson said people should practice good hand-washing techniques and avoid spreading the illness to others.

"If you are sick, stay away from other people," she said. "This includes keeping sick children home from daycare or school.

"That's the key for not only your own health, but the health of everyone else."

For more information, call Johnson at 859-3818.