Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offers free flu shots

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As of now, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has reported 513 flu cases and 12 flu-related deaths.

With this being a particularly tough flu season and doctors running out of vaccines, the health department offered free flu shots Tuesday.

"Flu season in Kentucky peaks in February and can extend into May," said health department spokesperson, Kevin Hall. "So, that's March-April. You still have a long time where we can still be fighting the flu."

In October, the health department offered more than 1,000 free flu shots. Officials say 185 people got their free flu shot Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Christina Washington was one of the first people in line to get the vaccine.

"Since I can't really afford the copay, this is really convenient," Washington said. "I've heard people have died in three days from having the flu, so it's just good to be here."

Officials hope people will protect themselves this flu season if they haven't already.

"There is no reason not to get the flu shot if you're able to get one," Hall said. "It can protect you. It can protect your family. It can protect people that can't otherwise get a flu shot."

If you would like to get a flu shot, you can do so at the health department Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.. Flu shots cost $30.

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