Fayette County

Flu cases in Lexington hit 30

Children have been hardest hit among the 30 flu cases so far identified by the Lexington Health Department, according to a news release.

Twenty-three of the 30 confirmed flu cases have been children. The flu season peaks in January and February.

"If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, there are still plenty of opportunities to get one," health department spokesman Kevin Hall said in a Tuesday release. "Flu shots are the best way to avoid getting the flu, and that helps protect you and every member of your family."

Immunizations can be obtained at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle, without an appointment. The shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.

The clinic is open from 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.

The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older.

Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu.