The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer Free Flu Friday, a one-day clinic designed to give as many as 2,000 free flu shots to Lexington residents. The event will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the department's Public Health North Campus, 805-A Newtown Circle.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu, and the health department provided more than 5,500 shots. The flu season traditionally begins in October and hits its peak in January and February in Kentucky.
In addition to helping vaccinate a large number of people against the flu, Free Flu Friday allows the health department to test its emergency preparedness.
"Free Flu Friday does a lot more than protect people against this year's influenza," Dr. Rice Leach, the health commissioner, said. "It is also an opportunity to practice the protocols we would use if we had to immunize thousands of people in a short time period and to make changes based on what we learn each time."
In addition to seasonal flu, this year's vaccine will provide protection against H1N1. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Those who are unable to attend Free Flu Friday may get a flu shot at the Public Health Clinic North. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots are $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call the flu hot line at (859) 288-7529 or go to Lexflucrew.com. The health department is also on Facebook and Twitter (@LFCHD).