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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offers free flu shots at Thursday clinic

Nicole Fuentes, a pre-Pharmacy student at UK, loads a syringe with N1N1 vaccine during a H1N1 flu shot clinic for high-risk children at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 31, 2009. Photo by Matt Goins 9036
Nicole Fuentes, a pre-Pharmacy student at UK, loads a syringe with N1N1 vaccine during a H1N1 flu shot clinic for high-risk children at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 31, 2009. Photo by Matt Goins 9036

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering free flu shots from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Consolidated Baptist Church's Andrew Center, 1625 Russell Cave Road.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 179 confirmed cases of flu. The health department provided 2,198 vaccinations during the season, including 1,500 at the free flu shot clinic.

On Monday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported the first two laboratory-confirmed influenza cases this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky. The cases were in Jefferson and Kenton counties. Kentucky's flu activity is currently classified as "sporadic," the lowest level of flu activity.

If you are not able to get a flu shots on Thursday, the Fayette County health department offers flu shots 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30. Medicaid or Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.

For additional information, "like" the health department on Facebook or follow the health department on Twitter. Flu information can also be found on the flu hotline, (859) 288-7529.

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