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Mayor plans flu meeting for Lexington neighborhoods

Mayor Jim Newberry has called a citywide meeting of neighborhood leaders to discuss the spread of the H1N1 swine flu virus.

It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24, in the council chambers at City Hall, 200 East Main Street. The public is invited.

Dr. Melinda Rowe, commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, and members of the department's Flu Outreach Response Team will be on hand.

A Fayette County woman died of swine flu last month, becoming Kentucky's first fatality associated with the illness.

Nationwide, health authorities are hoping that swine flu proves to be mild this fall and winter. But they are making plans now for treatment and prevention, in case the H1N1 virus mutates into a more aggressive form.

A vaccine to protect against H1N1 is expected to be ready about mid-October. Vaccinations against regular seasonal flu already are available, and doctors say many people should get shots against both the seasonal flu and H1N1.

"We think neighborhood associations are a great way to get out information about H1N1, the vaccine, and how to safeguard against it," Newberry said. "Good neighbors are a great line of defense ... they are in a position to care for one another and to pass along vital information."

To register for the meeting, or get more information, call Marianne Blodgett at (859) 258-3100. Or you can e-mail mblodgett@lfucg.com.

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