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This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.

Knox Co. spraying mosquitoes in West Nile positive communities

Knox County Health Department crews will spray a record number of areas for mosquitoes within the next week to help fight the spread of West Nile Virus.

Nine out of 11 of the county's surveillance sites turned up mosquitoes that tested positive for West Niles.

Health officials emphasize that it's not unusual to find West Nile mosquitoes this time of year, but because of the high number, the department will add three more surveillance sites.

Knox County Health Department says don't be afraid of West Nile Virus

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has trapped and confirmed more mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus than ever before.

That coupled with the increase in deaths from the virus in nearby states has caused health officials to make sure they are ahead of the bite.

Ronnie Nease is the Environmental Health Director for the Knox County Healthy Department. He uses fish and traps to kill off the West Nile carrying insect.

Knox Co. celebrates decline in childhood obesity

Knox County held a luncheon Wednesday to honor those teachers and staff members who helped to make sure kids stay active and learn how to make healthy choices.

School officials also announced some good news when it comes to overweight students. The number of obese kids has gone down in Knox County compared to last year, and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says that will help them both in and out of the classroom.

"It's about our kids being healthy. It's about fighting childhood obesity," he said.