Flu season off to "slow start" in Lexington; health department giving free shots

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Compared to past years officials at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department say the flu season is off to a slow start but they are still strongly encouraging those who are able to get a shot.

"In 2013 and 2014 we were seeing cases as early as August, so here we are mid-October almost into November and we do not have one reported case in Lexington. There are some in the state but not in Lexington which is a bit rare, but something we expect change any day now," explained Kevin Hall.

Health officials say while there have not been any cases sent to the state lab and confirmed in Lexington they are confident just like every other year the virus is out there.

That is why the health department is working to get their community vaccinated, preparing to give out around 1700 free shots this Thursday.

"Normally costs 30 dollars here in our clinic and 20 to 40 dollars other places in the community. That is a significant saving for families," said Hall.

Health officials say even though the season is off to that slow start, now is the perfect time to get a shot.

"It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to go into effect. We are about to approach Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all of the December holidays where people are getting together for parties and things," explained Hall.

The clinic will be held at Consolidated Baptist Church’s Andrew Center at 1625 Russell Cave Road. on Thursday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The health department is encouraging people to register online throughout the day before coming to get the shot.

Anyone six years or older is eligible for the free shots.

Health department officials say getting vaccinated can help prevent you and your family from getting sick this winter.

For community members not able to get their flu shots at the special free clinic, the health department will offer flu shots 9-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike starting Oct. 1. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30.

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