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Lexington sees 5th flu-related death of season

Kentucky Sees Local Flu Cases
Posted at 8:20 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 08:25:23-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health officials in Fayette County confirmed Tuesday morning that Lexington has recorded its fifth flu-related death of the season.

Officials said the latest victim was "a person older than 70 with underlying health issues."

Two of the previous victims were described as older than 50 and one in her 30s, all also with underlying health issues, while one was "a child younger than 12 months old."

Medical privacy laws prevent further identification of the victims.

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department officials 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.