Health department to spray for mosquitoes Sept. 14

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes early on the morning of Sept. 14 in the 40505 and 40511 area codes after a bird in the area tested positive West Nile Virus. Spraying will be done between 3-6 a.m. Tuesday. For spraying to occur, the wind speed must be less than 10 mph, the temperature must be greater than 55 degrees F and there can be no rain or dense fog. The mosquito spray used by the health department only affects adult mosquitoes that are in the air at the time of spraying.

To learn more about LFCHD’s mosquito program, please visit: https://www.lfchd.org/fight-the-bite-eliminate-mosquitoes-this-summer/.

Special COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Sept. 11

NEW LOCATION: We are offering a special Saturday COVID-19 vaccination clinic! The free Pfizer vaccine will be available for ages 12 years and older 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at STEAM Academy, 1555 Georgetown Road. Walk-ins accepted, or schedule https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=84E4CDB142E0C0D82A81C52A50163BC1.

En español

Ubicación Nueva: 12-4 p.m. sábado, 11 de septiembre, STEAM Academy, 1555 Georgetown Road . Puede programar una cita en https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=84E4CDB142E0C0D82A81C52A50163BC1&lang=sp. Se aceptarán pacientes sin cita.

COVID-19 vaccine opportunities

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering two COVID-19 vaccine opportunities this week! The vaccine is FREE and available for anyone ages 18 and older who lives or works in Lexington. Walk-ins are accepted!

Moderna vaccine

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Walk-ins accepted, and appointments can be made at tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=AC7164C399ECD46B7ACCBA98814CB690.
    • This link is not for anyone needing a second dose of the Moderna vaccine – the health department contacts you directly to schedule a second dose.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) clinic update

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, April 16, has been CANCELED following the CDC and FDA review of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Details about any future clinics will be shared when available. This does not affect anyone who is due to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine from us.

More information about other vaccination opportunities are available at https://www.lexingtonky.gov/vaccines.

En español

La clínica de vacunación del COVID-19 programada para el viernes 16 de abril, ha sido cancelada tras la revisión de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) por la CDC y FDA. Los detalles sobre las futuras clínicas se compartirán cuando estén disponibles. Esto no afecta a nadie que deba recibir su segunda dosis de la vacuna Moderna de parte nuestra.

LFHCD maintains national accreditation with Public Health Accreditation Board

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department today announced it has successfully completed a review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The nonprofit PHAB works to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation. In maintaining its accreditation status for another five years, LFHCD has demonstrated that it meets PHAB’s quality standards and measures and has the capacity to continue to evolve, improve and advance, thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the residents of Lexington.

PHAB’s accreditation program, which receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board for achieving its national standards, demonstrating that the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department continues to set the bar high in our efforts to help Lexington be well,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “The health department’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic further affirms our commitment to the health of all Lexington residents. Through the data we share, the policies we promote, and the services we provide, LFCHD shows the value we bring to the community each day.”

LFCHD achieved national initial accreditation status through PHAB on Feb. 17 after undergoing a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of quality standards and measures. Compliance Officer Katrina Howard oversaw LFCHD’s submission. Today’s announcement goes a step further by demonstrating that LFCHD has the capacity to become increasingly effective at improving the health of Lexington.

“We are extremely pleased to be at the point in the accreditation program where the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, along with many others, are successfully maintaining their five-year accreditation status through PHAB,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. “In so doing, these health departments are assuring their communities that the value of accreditation is long-term – not a one-time recognition – and that continual improvement is the hallmark of a 21st century organization.”

Often called the “backbone” of the public health system, public health departments are on the front lines of communities’ efforts to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury. PHAB-accredited health departments demonstrate great leadership by placing their work for peer review, with the goal of using the feedback obtained during the process to improve the services they provide to their communities.

COVID-19 safety tips for Thanksgiving

Give thanks, not COVID-19!

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting or spreading COVID-19 during Thanksgiving!

  • Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from people you don’t live with. Avoid high-traffic public areas, such as bathrooms and dining spaces.
  • Wear a mask at all times when around people.
  • Avoid potluck-style gatherings and encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks. Limit traffic where food is being prepared or handled. Do not share serving utensils.
  • Disinfect all reusables when the event is over.

Tips for voting safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Voting is important, and safe voting is crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember to follow these steps to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 when casting your ballot. Learn more at www.healthyvoting.org/kentucky/ and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html#VoterRecommendations.

And for after you vote, here’s an “I voted safely” sticker to print to show the community you followed public health guidelines!

El departamento de salud dará vacunas gratis contra la gripe

El Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette le está dando a usted la oportunidad de luchar contra la gripe de forma gratuita mientras mantiene las precauciones de seguridad durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Vacunas en el Automóvil (13 años o más)

El registro para el evento de la vacuna de la gripe de automóvil el sábado está cerrado. Si necesita una vacuna de la gripe, puede obtener una gratis con cita previa a partir del 5 de octubre en nuestra Clínica de Salud Pública, 650 Newtown Pike. Llame al 859-288-2444 a partir del 5 de octubre para hacer una cita.

El evento para la vacuna de la gripe en automóvil programado para el sábado 3 de octubre ahora está abierto  para cualquier persona de 13 años o más. El evento es de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m. en Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Debe registrarse en lfchd.org/drivethru2020espanol por adelantado para obtener su espacio y horario. Los espacios estarán disponibles para proporcionar hasta 400 vacunas gratuitas para la gripe en este evento de un solo día.

Vacunas para la Gripe Gratis en la Clínica de Salud Publica

Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, las vacunas para la gripe también estarán disponibles de forma gratuita durante toda la temporada solo con cita previa en la Clínica de Salud Pública de LFCHD, 650 Newtown Pike. Llame al 859-288-2444 para hacer una cita, a partir del 5 de octubre; no se aceptarán personas sin cita debido a los requisitos para mantener el distanciamiento físico en la clínica.

“Una vacuna anual para la gripe es la mejor manera de combatir la gripe cada otoño e invierno”, dijo Kevin Hall, portavoz de LFCHD. “La vacuna para la gripe es especialmente importante esta temporada, mientras permanecemos en la pandemia de COVID-19. Esta puede ayudar a reducir el impacto en la totalidad de las enfermedades respiratorias en la población, la cual reducirá la carga sobre nuestro sistema de salud durante la pandemia de COVID-19.”

En la pasada temporada de la gripe, Lexington tuvo 3 muertes por causas relacionadas con la gripe y 742 casos confirmados por los laboratorios.

Además de ayudar a prevenir que se enferme con la gripe, una vacuna para la gripe puede reducir la gravedad de la enfermedad si contrae la gripe y reduce el riesgo de una hospitalización asociada con la gripe.

La vacuna para la gripe se recomienda para todas las personas de edades de 6 meses en adelante y es especialmente importante para las personas con el mayor riesgo de complicaciones graves por la gripe: bebés y niños pequeños, mujeres embarazadas, cualquier persona con enfermedades subyacentes y adultos de 50 años en adelante. Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, el CDC también está recomendando la vacuna para la gripe a los trabajadores esenciales, incluyendo el personal de salud y el personal de los centros de atención a largo plazo; y las personas con mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave por el COVID-19, incluyendo los adultos mayores de 65 años, los residentes de centros de atención a largo plazo y cualquier persona con condiciones de salud subyacentes.

Para obtener información adicional sobre la temporada de gripe del 2020-21, del Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette por Facebook en www.facebook.com/LFCHD, o síganos en Twitter en twitter.com/LFCHD e Instagram en @lexpublichealth. Para preguntas sobre la vacuna de la gripe, llame a la Clínica de Salud Pública al 859-288-2444.

(English & en español) LFCHD to give FREE flu shots

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UPDATED SEPT. 30: Registration for Saturday’s drive-thru flu shot event is now closed. If you need a flu shot, you can get one free by appointment only starting Oct. 5 in our Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2444 starting Oct. 5 to make an appointment.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is giving you the chance to fight the flu for free while maintaining safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drive-Thru (13 and Older)

Saturday’s drive-thru flu shot event is now open to anyone 13 years old and above. The event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. You must register in advance for a time slot at lfchd.org/drivethru2020. Slots are available to provide up to 400 free flu shots at this one-day event.

Free Flu Shots in Public Health Clinic

Starting Monday, Oct. 5, flu shots will also be available for free all season by appointment only at LFCHD’s Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Please call 859-288-2444 to make an appointment, starting Oct. 5; walk-ins will not be accepted due to requirements to maintain physical distancing in the clinic.

“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot is especially important this season as we remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help reduce the overall impact on respiratory illnesses on the population, which will lessen the burden on our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Last flu season, Lexington had 3 deaths from flu-related causes and 742 lab-confirmed cases.

In addition to helping prevent you from getting sick with flu, a flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reduce your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and is especially important for people at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu: infants and young children, pregnant women, anyone with underlying medical conditions and adults 50 and older. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC is also urging the flu shot for essential workers, including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility staff; and people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including adults 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and anyone with underlying health conditions.

For additional information about the 2020-21 flu season, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth. For questions about the flu shot, call the Public Health Clinic at 859-288-2444.