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Health workers: Flu arrives in the Tri-State

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 07:50:44-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Flu season has arrived in the Tri-State according to local health officials.

Kenton County health workers said they have recorded their first case of the flu as of Monday.

In Ohio, 11 cases have been reported statewide but none so far in the Great Cincinnati area.

Doctors are using the Northern Kentucky case to serve as a warning to people to get their flu shot.

MORE INFO: Who should get the flu vaccine

Most health insurance will cover the cost or reduce the cost of a flu vaccine.

It’s easy to get too as Costco, Walgreens, RiteAid and Kroger are all offering the shot. The cost of the vaccine ranges between $15 and $32.

Many local counties are offering free shots for children of parents who can’t afford to pay.

In Hamilton County, children can get a flu shot on the second, fourth and fifth Mondays at the Department of Public Health.

In Sharonville, people can get the shot on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the fire department.

Butler County is offering flu shots for adults for $25. High dose shots for seniors cost $45.

In Northern Kentucky, the cost is $20 but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Check flu.gov for more information about the vaccine and flu prevention.