Fayette County Health Department debuts new restaurant inspection score placards

Two changes by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will make it easier for the public to view restaurant inspection scores. The most noticeable change is the use of new inspection placards that are required to be placed in areas visible by the public. The new placards feature the restaurant’s inspection score in a green box for a passing grade and red for a failing grade, along with a...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offering free flu shots at special event

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving residents the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Consolidated Baptist Church’s Andrew Center, 1625 Russell Cave Road. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special...

Farmers’ Markets, Fayette County Health Department team to emphasize healthier food options

Healthy food options will soon be a bit easier thanks to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the city’s two farmers’ markets. Starting next week, the health department will bring farmers from the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market and the Lexington Farmers’ Market together to give health department patients, clients, visitors and staff, as well as the entire community, a chance to buy...

Recent flu-related deaths prompt Lexington-Fayette Health Department to renew push for flu shots

Two recent flu-related deaths have the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging all in the region to get a seasonal flu shot. Fayette County has 13 confirmed cases of the flu, with the peak season still on the way. “Flu season typically peaks in late January/early February, and it’s not uncommon to see the flu circulating in central Kentucky in March,” said Kevin Hall, LFCHD spokesman....

Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department sees increase in highly contagious shigellosis

An increase in gastrointestinal illnesses has the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging parents, schools, daycare centers, food service workers and health care providers to take precautionary actions to prevent its spread.   Shigellosis is a highly contagious form of diarrhea caused by shigella bacteria and is spread through person-to-person contact. Symptoms last 48-72 hours...

In observance of World AIDS Day, Lexington Health Department providing free testing

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be taking part in World AIDS Day today by providing free testing (along with free condoms, cocoa and doughnuts) at various spots throughout the community.   LFCHD staff will be at the following spots throughout the day:   9-11 a.m. at the corner of Rand Avenue and North Limestone Street. Noon-2 p.m. at College for Technical Education, 1165...

‘Very common virus’ cause of respiratory illness in children; treat like common cold, flu

Staff report   The headline-grabbing respiratory illness affecting children in in the Midwest – including five confirmed cases in Kentucky – is believed to be caused by a “very common virus” called enterovirus – enterovirus EV-D68, to be specific.   The Kentucky Department of Public Health, in information provided to the Lexington Health Department, said there...

Get school children low-cost vaccinationsin August through the Public Health Clinic

As Fayette County students prepare to head back to school, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is making sure they have plenty of opportunities to get their required vaccinations.   To beat the back-to-school rush, the health department will be offering low-cost immunizations by appointment 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday from Aug. 4 through Aug. 21 at the Public Health Clinic at 805A...