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Lexington sees 4th flu-related death of the season

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Posted at 9:27 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 09:27:01-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health officials in Lexington confirmed Friday morning that the city recorded its fourth flu-related death of the season.

Officials said the victim was "a person in their 30s with underlying health issues."

Two of the previous victims were described as older than 50, also with underlying health issues, and one was "a child younger than 12 months old."

Medical privacy laws prevent further identification of the victims.

Kevin Hall, spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 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.