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Health officials: Lexington's 3rd flu death was child

Kentucky Sees Local Flu Cases
Posted at 8:22 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 08:39:57-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health officials in Lexington confirmed Tuesday morning that the city recorded its third flu-related death of the season and the first child victim.

Kevin Hall, spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said the victim was "a child younger than 12 months old."

The previous victims were described as older than 50 with "underlying health issues."

Medical privacy laws prevent further identification of the victims.

Hall stressed the importance of getting a flu shot, especially for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly or people with medical conditions.

Flu shots are available in the department's Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike, without an appointment: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The cost for the shot varies based on insurance, Hall said. More information is available at 859-288-2483.