Lexington is starting to see the number of flu cases rise, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reminds everyone that it’s still not too late to get a vaccination.
Lexington now has14 confirmed cases of the flu, which traditionally hits its peak in January/February in Kentucky. Of those cases, 10 have been in children.
“As people start traveling for the holiday season, the need to protect every member of your family from the flu becomes more and more important,” said LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall. “Flu shots are a quick and relatively painless way to avoid getting the flu this winter.”
Flu shots are available at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
The Public Health Clinic North is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided 5,526 flu vaccinations throughout the season.