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Health department planning Free Flu Friday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is making plans for an event that will help people fight the flu this fall and winter.

Free Flu Friday will be held Friday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Applebee's Park.

Health department officials say the event will be a special one-day clinic designed to give up to 3,000 shots to Lexington residents.

Officials say Free Flu Friday replaces the drive-thru flu shot clinic that's been 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 in a news release. "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."

This year's flu vaccine provides protection against both the seasonal flu and H1N1.

If you can't make the event, you can still get a flu shot at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's clinics on Newtown Circle and Regency Road.

You don't need an appointment. Flu shots cost $25. Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, click on the link attached to this story.

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