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Health department to feature Free Flu Friday at Applebee’s Park

Baseball season might be over, but the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lexington Legends hope to keep Applebee’s Park busy with free flu shots.

The health department is introducing Free Flu Friday, a special one-day clinic designed to give up to 3,000 shots to Lexington residents who want to fight the flu this fall and winter. The event will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Applebee’s Park.

Free Flu Friday replaces the drive-thru flu shot clinic the department has held in previous years.

“Each year, the health department holds these free flu clinics to test our emergency preparedness and the ability to provide a large number of vaccinations to the community,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Melinda Rowe. “Previous free flu shot clinics helped us be ready to respond quickly and effectively to H1N1 with mass vaccination clinics held October-December 2009. This new location at Applebee’s Park allows us to continue to prepare and is a great way to give a large amount of shots in a short amount of time.”

In addition to seasonal flu, this year’s vaccine will also provide protection against H1N1.

“The best way to protect you and your family and fight the flu is to get a flu shot,” Rowe said. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a flu shot for everyone six months of age and older this year.

Those who are unable to attend Free Flu Friday can still get a flu shot at the Public Health Clinic North (805A Newtown Circle) and Public Health Clinic South (2433 Regency Road). No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. The clinics, however, will be closed Oct. 22.

Children’s flu shots will be available in mid-September.

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 Public Health Clinic South is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

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

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