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Constance Alexander: Flu shots for all, but especially the old and young, who remain the most vulnerable

Mother was ten when the 1918 flu pandemic hit. One of seven children, she and her parents lived in Brooklyn, New York, and at least one of her older brothers was fighting in the War. Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish, but no one in the Kelly family was stricken. The rest of the neighborhood was not so fortunate. My mother remembered how some families suffered multiple losses. As coffins got scarce,...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department giving free flu shots this Thursday at Fayette Mall

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving you the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 1-7 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 10) at Fayette Mall, near the interior entrance of Dillard’s. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets...

New KHIP poll shows majority of Kentuckians have gotten a flu shot; have you had one yet?

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot in the last 12 months, you’re in the minority in Kentucky. What’s more, you’re putting both yourself and those around you at risk for serious flu complications. According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll report released today, 54 percent of Kentucky adults got a flu vaccine in the past 12 months. The majority of those who didn’t get a...

Local health department will provide flu shots starting October 1 at Newtown Pike clinic

Anyone wanting to get an early start fighting the flu can do so at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department starting Monday, Oct. 1. The health department will offer flu shots 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30. A high-dose vaccine is available for $49 for ages 65 and older. Medicaid/Medicare,...

Lexington health department offering free flu shots on Tuesday, 4-6:30 p.m.

You can fight the flu this February with free flu shots.   The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering free flu shots 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in its Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. No appointment is necessary. The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older. There have been 513 confirmed flu cases in Lexington this season, including 11 deaths.   “Flu...

Health officals urge vaccinations, hand washing as widespread flu activity being reported across region

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are reporting “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. Increased flu activity began earlier this season than usual...

Beth Underwood: Family traditions are family traditions, in one form another, and can change

Ah, traditions. Whether they’re a component of major holidays or part of our weekly rituals, we all have traditions in one form or another. For some, it may mean a chili dinner with the family before the kids go trick-or-treating. For others, it could be pancakes every Sunday morning. In our family, it means lining up for our annual flu shots on Thanksgiving. That’s right. We know how to party. Typically,...

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...

Health Department reports Kentucky flu activity level is widespread for 9th consecutive week

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are reporting “widespread” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the ninth consecutive week. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly...

Your Health: Best treatment for the flu has always been prevention, including vaccination

By Dr. Mehul Suthar Special to KyForward   As fall settles in, so does the flu season.   The myriad of advertisements and signs for the flu shot should not be ignored. The influenza virus causes a contagious respiratory illness that can lead to a range of symptoms. For many, the flu is about a week of cough, congestion, muscle pains and fevers. For others, especially the elderly and young...