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Health Department Gives Out Nearly 1,500 Free Flu Shots On Thursday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is pronouncing its annual drive-thru flu clinic a success.

In a release Health Department officials say they helped almost 1,500 people stay protected from the flu this fall and winter following a special one-day clinic to provide free flu shots.

LFCHD employees gave 1,498 free flu shots in hours Oct. 9 as part of its annual free flu shot clinic, which provides the community with vaccinations while allowing the department to test its emergency preparedness. This year’s clinic was held at Imani Family Life Center.

“The day was a complete success for the health department and for the community, as they now are better protected from getting sick as we head into flu season,” said Kevin Hall, health department spokesman. “The event also lets us test our emergency preparedness, which is an important part of public health in case Lexington ever has a disease outbreak.”

The seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 109 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided more than 3,100 flu vaccinations throughout the season.

Last year, the health department provided 1,921 shots at last year’s free flu shot clinic, which was held over eight hours for an average of 240 shots per hour. In three-plus hours yesterday, health department nurses provided 416 shots per hour..

For community members not able to get their flu shots on Oct. 9, the health department offers flu shots 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at its Public Health Clinic North at 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.

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