Sep 6, 2012 12:59 PM
An annual event will help the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department test its emergency preparedness while providing hundreds of free flu shots to the community.
The health department will host Free Flu Friday, a special one-day clinic designed to give up to 2,000 shots to Lexington residents who want to fight the flu this fall and winter. The event will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Imani Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road.
"A seasonal flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter, so this is a great way for people to protect themselves and their family," said Kevin Hall, LFCHD spokesman. "Free Flu Friday is a cornerstone of what public health is all about. It covers three key components of what we do for the community: communicable disease control, preparedness and education."
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 143 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided more than 5,000 flu vaccinations throughout the season.
Last year, the health department provided almost 1,700 free shots at Free Flu Friday.
Those who are unable to attend Free Flu Friday can still get a flu shot 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Public Health Clinic at 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $25. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
For additional information, find the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD. Flu information can also be found at www.LexFluCrew.com and on the flu hotline, (859) 288-7529.