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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Now Offering Flu Shots

Posted at 3:47 PM, Oct 01, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Flu season is just a couple of weeks from being in full swing here in Kentucky, so state and local health leaders are trying to get ahead of the virus.

On Monday, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department started offering flu shots in hopes of stopping the spread before it can start.

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. That’s not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ben Chandler, the President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said last flu season showed us the virus is not to be taken lightly. Last flu season the U.S. saw 80,000 flu-related deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three hundred twenty-five of them were in the Commonwealth.

“Despite that, only about half of Kentuckians each year get a flu vaccination. We want to turn that around because that’s really a shame,” said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, the Lexington-Fayette County Commissioner of Health.

The health department is stocked with flu vaccines and is ready to give them out 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Doctors say getting vaccinated is the best way to fight against the flu.

The flu season is unpredictable, but experts in the U.S. look to Australia because our season typically mimics theirs. Australia is coming up on the end of their flu season and the country’s Department of Health is reporting that severity and impact of the flu have been low. Despite that positive outlook, health officials here say that you can never be too careful.