Health & Medicine

Free seasonal flu shots offered in Frankfort

The Franklin County Health Department will hold a free, drive-through flu-shot clinic Thursday night in Frankfort.

Vaccinations will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Credit Union branch office at 101 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort.

If you aren't in line by 7:30 p.m. you won't be able to get a vaccination, department officials said.

You don't have to be a Franklin County resident to get a shot, and there are no limits on who can get the vaccine for seasonal flu, other than the general rule that children younger than 6 months are not eligible.

Vaccine to combat H1N1, or swine flu, is expected to be available about mid-October. That vaccine will be given first to a priority group, including pregnant women, health care workers and those caring for children younger than 6 months old.

Health officials are recommending that most people receive both flu vaccines to be best protected during the winter flu season.

John Lile, the Franklin County Health Department's preparedness coordinator, said the department is offering free vaccinations to reach people who ordinarily might not get flu shots. The drive-through clinic also will be good practice for the department staff in case mass inoculations against H1N1 swine flu become necessary later this year, he said.

The Fayette County Health Department is not planning drive-through vaccinations for seasonal flu, department spokesman Kevin Hall said. However, the department might hold a drive-through clinic for H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available, he said.

For more information about the Franklin County drive-through clinic, call the health department at (502) 564-7647 or go to www.fchd.org.

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