Fayette County Health department encourages everyone to get a seasonal flu shot

With the H1N1 vaccine anticipated to arrive in about a month, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department still encourages everyone to go ahead and get a seasonal flu shot.

“Getting a seasonal flu shot is the best way to prevent getting sick this flu season,” said Lois Davis, the health department’s public health nursing manager. “We have plenty of vaccine available, and we want as many people as possible to come out and get a shot.”

The seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.

Seasonal flu shots are available for walk-in patients at the following locations:

* Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday; and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday) and
* Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday).

The Primary Care Center at 650 Newtown Pike will still make appointments for its regular patients to get their flu shots by calling 288-2307.

LFCHD will also host community clinics to allow more people the chance to get a seasonal flu shot. The schedule for Sept. 26-Oct. 11 is:

* 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 26, William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth St.
* 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 1, The Castle, 210 W. New Circle Road
* 12:30-2:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle
* 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 4, Newman Center, 320 Rose Ln.
* 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 4, Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 2356 Harrodsburg Road
* 1-3 p.m., Oct. 4, Bracktown Baptist Church, 3016 Bracktown Road
* 3-5 p.m., Oct. 5, Rock La Roca United Methodist Church, 1015 N. Limestone
* 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 8, Fifth-Third Bank (Lexington Financial Center), 250 W. Main St.
* 1-4 p.m., Oct. 8, Lexington Public Library Village Branch, 2185 Versailles Road
* 2-5 p.m., Oct. 9, Pax Christi Catholic Church, 400 Victoria Way
* 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 11, Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Road
* 1-4 p.m., Oct. 11, Imani Baptist Church, 1555 Georgetown Road
* 2-6 p.m., Oct. 11, Second Sunday, downtown Lexington

Seasonal flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

The health department will also provide vaccinations for H1N1 flu, commonly referred to as “swine flu,” once the shots are available later this fall. Details of the H1N1 vaccination schedule are unavailable at this time but will be on the LFCHD website and on the flu hotline once they are completed.

To learn more about the health department’s flu activities, call the flu hotline at 288-7529 for updated clinic information. The clinic schedule is also posted on the department’s Web site at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.

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