Lexington health department offers 'Free Flu Friday'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Hundreds of people in Lexington line up to get a seasonal vaccination free of charge on Free Flu Friday.

"Like a mosquito bit me," one little girl explains when WKYT's Whitney Wetzel asked her what getting a flu shot felt like.

Every year, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lex Flu Crew team up to have this annual clinic. It's only held this Friday, but it's designed to give up to 2,000 free flu shots to residents and help the health department test their emergency preparedness.

Last year, Lexington had 343 confirmed cases of the flu. So health officials say getting one of these shots is the easiest and best way to fight the virus. It also protects against H1N1 and is recommended to all people 6 months and older.

Health officials say it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to begin working inside your body, so now is a good time to get a head start.

"In Kentucky you don't really see the peek of flu season until late January and into February. So this will give you early protection, particularly as you're starting to head into Halloween, Thanksgiving and those times of the year where you're around friends. You start seeing a lot of germs be spread around that time," says Kevin Hall, a spokesperson with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Free Flu Friday was held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Imani Family Life Center on Georgetown Road.

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