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Flu cases higher than normal in Lexington so far this season

Officials with the Fayette County Health Department are once again urging people to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot.

They say so far this season, Lexington has 18 confirmed cases of the flu.

Officials say that's higher than normal, when compared to previous years.

In 2008, health officials say Lexington had no confirmed cases by mid-November, and just two cases at the same point in 2007.

They say last year's numbers were skewed because of H1N1 cases.

"The best way to prevent the spread of the flu is a flu shot," said health department spokesman Kevin Hall in a news release. "As people begin to travel for Thanksgiving and other holidays, they increase their chances of sharing their germs and spreading the flu. We want people to get a flu shot, not only to protect themselves but also to their families."

Of the 18 confirmed flu cases in Lexington, health officials say 10 of them were in children.

At Pediatric and Adolescent Associates, a clinic in Lexington, they are already seeing flu patients in their waiting room.

"We've been seeing them for about three to four weeks, several cases each week," said Dr. Michelle Bennett, "I wouldn't say 'epidemic' yet, but definitely on the way."

For more information on the flu shots being offered by the Fayette County Health Department, call 288-7529, or click on the link attached to this story.

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