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Officials reminding Kentuckians of importance of flu shots as Fayette Co. records first flu-related death

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky remains in the midst of its worst Hepatitis A outbreak in years, but now the flu has claimed its first victim of the season. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed on Monday their first death due to the flu. Take the flu vaccine is being recommended. The first death of in Kentucky this flu season was reported in Lexington. (Fayette County Health...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to host free flu shot clinic Oct. 11 at Newtown Pike office

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again offering the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 12-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the health department’s main location, 650 Newtown Pike. “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 us...

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,...

More Kentuckians are heading to Carolinas to offer aid in wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentucky aid workers headed to the Carolinas to help recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief deployed on Sunday, said Director Coy Webb, and a mobile kitchen and shower unit were set up in Jacksonville, N.C., on Monday. The all-volunteer teams will be providing 25,000 meals daily, offering homeowners professional damage assessments...

LFCHD warning residents after bat in Lexington’s Gardenside neighborhood tests positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Thursday afternoon that a bat found in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in the Gardenside neighborhood and there does not appear to be any human exposure. The health department posted signs in the area on Thursday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitos Thursday in 40502, 40509 zip codes

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning in the 40502 and 40509 ZIP codes. The spraying, which is the first in the city this summer, is due to a high mosquito population found in traps in the 40509 ZIP code region. Spraying will be done between 3-6 a.m. Thursday. For spraying to be held,...

LFCHD warning residents after two bats found in Lexington neighborhood test positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Wednesday afternoon that two bats found in Lexington have tested positive for rabies. The bats were discovered in homes in the Lakeview Acres and Cumberland Hills neighborhoods. The health department posted signs in the area on Wednesday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make certain...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department warning residents after bat found positive for rabies virus

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is warning residents to be vigilant after a bat found in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in a home in the Radcliffe/Marlboro neighborhood. The health department posted signs in the area on Monday to notify residents of the discovery. LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make certain their pets have a current rabies...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s free needle exchange program adds second weekday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s needle-exchange program will add a second weekday to better serve clients’ needs. The program is now open 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at 650 Newtown Pike. The free, anonymous and confidential program is designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis in Lexington. Used needles must be...

Lexington-Fayette Count Health Department offering free Narcan kits in community class April 30

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication. The class is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the health department’s main building, 650 Newtown Pike. Participants must complete a 10-15-minute training to receive a free naloxone kit. The kits are only...

LFCHD’s Board of Health selects Dr. Svetla Slavova named 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Dr. Svetla Slavova as the 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2018). Dr. Svetla Slavova Dr. Slavova...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to offer free flu shots Tuesday at Newtown Pike health facility

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 season in Kentucky peaks in February and cases can...

LFCHD accepting nominations for 15th annual Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award

It is time to nominate people for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 15th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Criteria for the selection of the award include: • Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health • Remarkable...

LFCHD offering community training class on the administration of Narcan; free kits to be provided

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication. (Click for larger image) The class is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at the health department’s main building, 650 Newtown Pike. Participants must complete a 10-15-minute...

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...

Fayette County Health Department confirms case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident. West Nile virus infection is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is known to be present in mosquito populations in Kentucky. In most instances, people infected with the West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms, including fever,...

Fayette County Health Department, Mindful Moms hosting event as part of World Breastfeeding Week

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be partnering with Mindful Moms of the Bluegrass and the Global Big Latch On to host a breastfeeding event, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Friends, family and community can also join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Lexington’s Big Latch On will take place during World Breastfeeding...

New state regulations requiring all students to have current immunization certificates now in effect

New state immunization regulations requiring all children attending child day care centers, certified family childcare homes and other licensed facilities that care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools to have a current immunization certificate on file are now in effect. The regulation also spells out the required immunizations schedule for attending...

Beating the Heat: Lexington Health Department offers tips to remain safe during hot weather

As summer heat hits the Bluegrass and temperatures predicted to reach triple digits, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather: • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. Avoid drinking alcoholic...