Health Dept. hosts special H1N1 clinic for kids

Lexington kids with chronic underlying health conditions will get the first shot at H1N1 flu shots.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will host a special H1N1 vaccination clinic for children under the age of 18 with chronic medical conditions 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until the vaccine runs out) Saturday, Oct. 31, at Henry Clay High School, 2100 Fontaine Road. The shots will be free.

Chronic conditions include, but are not limited to, Type 1 diabetes, neurological disorders and severe asthma requiring daily medication or the use of rescue inhalers more than twice a week. If a parent is unsure if a child should get the vaccine, they should contact their primary care physician for guidance.

“Having a special pediatric clinic Oct. 31 allows us to target one of the highest-risk groups for H1N1 flu and complications – children with chronic underlying health conditions,” said Dr. Melinda Rowe, commissioner of health for LFCHD. “These kids are at a higher risk of serious disease and hospitalization.

“This group needs to be the first in line for the available H1N1 vaccine we currently have in stock. Other high-risk groups need to be in line for the November clinics that start Nov. 7. Anyone who lives or works in Fayette County who wants to avoid getting H1N1 should visit one of our December clinics.”

Additional clinics in November and December will target other priority groups identified by the CDC: pregnant women, people between the ages of 6 months through 24 years, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, people ages 25-64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems and health care and emergency services personnel.

The clinics will be held based on availability of the vaccine and could be rescheduled or postponed if there are any delays on the vaccine’s shipment. The health department will post the latest updated information on the clinics on its Flu Hotline, 288-7529, and online at

All H1N1 shots provided by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be free.

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