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2018 Free Flu Shot Clinic provides almost 1,200 vaccines

We provided 1,165 free flu shots at yesterday’s annual one-day clinic to test our emergency preparedness. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!

We also provided 28 free flu shots and 30 hepatitis A shots at Stand Down, an annual event helping homeless veterans.

Oct. 11 Stand Down event

 

World Mental Health Day 2018

2018 mental health day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to learn more about mental health conditions in adolescents. The WHO reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reports suicide as the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians ages 15-24. To learn more, visit the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact a mental health professional, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

City nets $2 million grant for naloxone distribution

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh joined Mayor Jim Gray, Commissioner of Social Services Chris Ford, and Sheriff Kathy Witt this morning as the City of Lexington received a $2 million federal grant to be used over four years to primarily fund naloxone kits to be distributed by the health department. Naloxone is used to reverse overdoses from opioids, including heroin. The city will also hire an overdose prevention coordinator to get people who have overdosed into treatment, Gray announced.

Learn more about the grant here!

You can also watch the entire press conference: Mayor Gray’s Facebook Live stream.

 

 

 

Get your flu shot … or walk the plank!

Sept. 19 was National Talk Like a Pirate Day (and yes, there really is a day for everything!), and we used the trending social media topic to promote our upcoming free flu shot clinic! You can watch the video below, and it’s also on our Facebook page for anyone who wants to share it.

A very special thanks to Laura Foley and Cristina Hiten, who eagerly agreed to take part in the video! Remember, if you’re interested in being used in future LFCHD promotional videos, please contact Bailey Preston or Kevin Hall to let them know!

 

LFCHD provides hep A shots at Chrysalis House

We held an information session on hepatitis A, including providing vaccination, for clients and staff at the Chrysalis House. “We got our vaccinations!” the agency posted on Facebook. “It does not hurt. They will come to you. Thank you!”

Pictured below are Jill Keys, Karen Cecil, Ruth Stevenson, Tommi Marquardt, Deanna Bond, Debra Rickerd, Candy Medina and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

Sept. 18 Chrysalis House hep ASept. 18 Chrysalis House hep A Dr. Humbaugh

Overdose Awareness Day 2018

 

Some LFCHD staff spent Saturday morning at Jacobson Park for Voices of Hope’s annual Overdose Awareness Day event. Our team provided 25 hepatitis A vaccinations for the community at the event!

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can easily be passed from person to person and can be spread through close contact with someone infected with it. We encourage you to talk to your medical provider about getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

Behind the scenes: restaurant inspections

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WKYT recently joined Danielle Wells on a restaurant inspection to get a look behind the scenes at our Environmental Health team is helping Lexington be well. Our inspectors visit Lexington’s 1,500-plus food establishments at least twice a year (among other duties!) to help prevent foodborne illnesses by making sure restaurants are up to the proper standards and are following regulations.

You can watch WKYT’s report here: LFCHD restaurant inspections!

Media coverage of Fayette Mall food court closing

July 23 food court mediaIf you missed the media’s coverage of the Fayette Mall food court closing for cleaning after our recommendation, you can see the links below:

WKYT

WLEX

WTVQ

Herald-Leader

2018 Lexington Pride Festival

We’re proud to be part of Pride! We had about 1,200 people interact with us, including 50 diabetes risk assessments and 23 carbon monoxide tests to check levels of CO in smokers. We also handed out more than 1,000 giveaways. Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the Lexington Pride Festival to learn how the health department CARES for everyone through our values: Caring, Accountability, Respect, Equity and Service!

Thanks to the staff who helped work the event or helped plan/promote it: Ruben Perez, Catherine Lowe, Holly Clendenin, Tami Ross, Sarah McMahan, Tara Mason, Julie Moon, Marressa Starks-Baker, Hailee Reed, John Moses, Kelsi Hernandez, Mia Williams, Dave Peterson, Lynnsey McGarrh, Jessica Cobb, Bailey Preston, Christy Nentwick, Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh!

 

 

National Selfie Day 2018!

Thanks to everyone who submitted selfies to use in our social media posts encouraging Lexington residents to be the picture of good health on National Selfie Day! Be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and share the images with your friends/family.

Click on an image below to see a larger version.

 

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