The Fayette County Health Department is now reporting 78 confirmed cases of the flu in Lexington, up from 60 last week. Of the total cases, 53 have been in children.
“Kentucky has started seeing its peak flu season in late February and early March, so anyone who hasn’t received a flu shot yet should still come out and get one,” said LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall. “Flu shots are the best way to fight the flu and help prevent spreading it to other members of your family.”
While flu shots are always encouraged by staff at the health department, Hall says that all Wildcat fans shouldn't take any chances when it comes to catching the flu this year, "We often see people during March Madness get the flu and right now with the season that UK is having, you don't want to be at home sick with the flu and not be able to watch the ball games.
Flu shots are available at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
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 seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided 5,526 flu vaccinations throughout the season.