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Lex Flu Crew provides 1,921 shots on Free Flu Friday

Almost 2,000 people will be fighting the flu this fall and winter thanks to free shots from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

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LFCHD employees gave 1,921 free flu shots Oct. 11 as part of its annual Free Flu Friday event, which provides the community with vaccinations while allowing the department to test its emergency preparedness. This year’s Free Flu Friday was held at Imani Family Life Center.

“Free Flu Friday is always a huge success, both in terms of helping Lexington stay safer from the flu and in letting the community get a closer look at the role of public health,” said Kevin Hall, health department spokesman. “Free Flu Friday lets us give a large amount of shots in a small amount of time, which is crucial if Lexington ever has to deal with any sort of outbreak.”

The seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 343 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided more than 3,300 flu vaccinations throughout the season.

Those who were unable to attend Free Flu Friday can still get a flu shot 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday 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.

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