Fayette County’s confirmed flu cases have almost doubled, rising from 18 reported cases as of Tuesday to 31 cases Wednesday morning.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encourages everyone who has yet to receive a flu shot to do so to help combat the spread of the flu.
Shots are $1 for children and $5 for adults at the health department’s two Public Health clinics. Shots are also offered daily by appointment at 805 Newtown Circle (288-2483) and 2433 Regency Road (899-5201). Patients can also receive a flu shot during clinic walk-in times: 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
“It’s definitely not too late to get a flu shot,” said Lois Davis, the health department’s public health nursing manager. “Central Kentucky’s flu season can last through May, and we often see peak activity in late February and into March, so now is a good time to get a shot if you haven’t already had one.”
The health department lowered the price of its flu shots to reach as many people as possible.
“With the flu spreading, we wanted to get as much of the vaccine out there in the public’s arms as possible,” Davis said. “Getting a shot is a quick and easy procedure, so we’re hoping several people come out to get protected against the flu.”
Every year in the United States, approximately 200,000 people will be hospitalized with the flu, and 36,000 will die from the flu or its complications. More than 90 percent of the deaths were people 65 and older. Older people are also at greater risk of dying from complications from the flu, including pneumonia. Pneumococcal vaccines are also available to eligible individuals for $45.
Anyone with the flu or flu-like symptoms – fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches – may want to visit their doctor or the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Primary Care Center at 650 Newtown Pike, especially if they have a high fever or underlying illnesses.