The seasonal flu vaccine has arrived and will be available by appointment through the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department starting Sept. 1, and there's an abundant supply.
"There should be plenty for everyone," health department spokesman Kevin Hall said.
This vaccine is for the type of flu that appears every year. The vaccine for H1N1, or swine flu, is not expected to be available until late October.
Appointments for a seasonal flu shot can be made at two locations: 805 Newtown Circle, (859) 288-2483, and 2433 Regency Road, (859) 899-5201.
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The Primary Care Center at 650 Newtown Pike is prepared to make appointments for its patients to get flu shots; call (859) 288-2307.
Beginning Sept. 21, the health department will offer walk-in flu shots at the Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road.
Seasonal flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people 6 months and older.
"A seasonal flu shot is one of the most effective ways to avoid getting sick this fall and winter," said Lois Davis, the health department's public health nursing manager. Getting a flu shot in September should help you avoid the disease through the end of flu season.
Seasonal flu shots also are available through other health departments, urgent care clinics and doctor's offices.
The health department also will provide vaccinations for H1N1 flu in the fall. That vaccine will be given to those at highest risk for getting H1N1 flu, including pregnant women and those who care for children younger than 6 months old.
For updated information about the availability of the H1N1 shot and seasonal flu information, call the department's flu hotline at (859) 288-7529 or go to www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.