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Ritchie thanks community for support
To the editor:
It has been a privilege to serve the past 16 years as Coroner of this county. This community has provided me with tremendous support during each election and throughout each year of service. But, now with somewhat regret, I have decided not to seek re-election as Coroner of Anderson County.
I have served in the coroner’s office since I was 20 years of age and deeply appreciate all this community has done for me and my family and I look forward to serving this community in other areas. I do not know what the future holds but at this moment in my life I feel this is the right decision.
I have enjoyed the close relationships developed with the staffs of each agency serving the City of Lawrenceburg and Anderson County. I want all the agencies to know I will continue to support you to the fullest in the coming years.
I feel strongly Anderson County is one of the best places to live and raise a family. I have spent my entire life living, working, and supporting this community and will continue to do so.
Brian L. Ritchie
Anderson County Coroner
H1N1 shots still available at health department
To the editor:
Questions have been nonstop since the beginning of the flu season this year due to the spread of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu).
Some people may be wondering at this point, is it too late to get the vaccine? The short answer to that question is no.
While our nation has had two waves of increased H1N1 activity, the possibility remains that a third wave may occur in the following months.
Now that vaccine supply is ample from the federal government, a reduction has been seen in public demand across the state. Perhaps this is due to the idea that the virus is no longer a risk for individuals; however, recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may indicate otherwise.
Several boarder states to Kentucky are now reporting local and regional influenza activity, which indicates a possible third wave of the H1N1 virus.
While practicing good hygiene habits will help reduce the spread of influenza, the best method of protection is to get vaccinated. Consider taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from this virus for the remainder of flu season. The Anderson County Health Department continues to offer free H1N1 vaccine to anyone and urges those who have not yet received the vaccine to do so now. No appointment necessary.
For additional information about the H1N1 vaccine please call 839-4551 extension 6 or online at www.achdonlline.org.
Director, Anderson County Health Department