The flu is ready for you. In fact, the influenza virus isn’t holding back this year, with cases already being reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in August!
Although there is no way to guarantee complete flu protection, the vaccination is the best bet for reducing your risk of getting the flu and can even help reduce the severity of symptoms should you get the illness.
The physicians and providers at the Lexington Clinic encourage everyone – young and old – to get their flu shot!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration selects the flu virus strains to be included in the flu vaccination every year, based upon the best available knowledge of circulating flu viruses, their genetics and other factors.
“We heard that some people experienced the flu even after getting the vaccine last year,” said Dr. Andrew Henderson, Lexington Clinic CEO. Last year’s flu shot was said to have been very ineffective, but a recent study may debunk part of that myth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that some components of the vaccine worked better than others, but overall, the effectiveness was about 36 percent.
“That’s short of where we would like it to be, but it’s helpful to think of it this way: If there was something you could do to reduce your risk of getting a potentially deadly disease by a more than one-third, wouldn’t you grab that opportunity?”
When, where and how to get vaccinated
Not so long ago, medical professionals recommended waiting to get vaccinated until late November or even December. Now, however, the recommendation is to get your flu vaccine early. This is especially important as flu viruses are already circulating in the U.S. and are a hop, skip and a jump (or flight) away from our region.
Lexington Clinic makes flu vaccination easy! With 10 locations in and around Lexington, patients can drop by during regular office hours and get vaccinated – no appointment necessary. (For those who prefer appointments, those are available, too.)
Lexington Clinic locations offering flu vaccinations:
• Bluegrass Internal Medicine, 1401 Harrodsburg Road, Suite C-435, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 277-1570
• Lexington Clinic Andover, 3099 Helmsdale Place, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, (859) 258-6401
• Lexington Clinic Beaumont, 3085 Lakecrest Circle, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, (859) 258-8600
• Lexington Clinic East, 100 N. Eagle Creek Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 258-4000
• Lexington Clinic South Broadway, 1221 S. Broadway, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 258-4530
• Lexington Clinic Veterans Park, 630 South Point Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 272-1928
• Jessamine Medical and Diagnostics Center, 110 Village Parkway, Nicholasville, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, (859) 887-8400
• Lexington Clinic Mount Sterling, 805 Alexa Drive, Suite C, Mount Sterling, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 498-5105
• Lexington Clinic Richmond, 858 Eastern Bypass, Richmond. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 626-0072
• Woodford Family Physicians, 117 Crossfield Drive, Suite B, Versailles, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, (859) 873-9188
“One of the best things about getting your flu shot at Lexington Clinic is the convenience,” said Dr. Henderson. “You don’t need an appointment, you can stop by any of our locations, and you don’t even have to be a regular patient with us!”
So, what are you waiting for?
Lexington Clinic is Central Kentucky’s largest multi-specialty medical group, serving the area since 1920. With nearly 200 providers in more than 30 specialties, Lexington Clinic is the area’s leader in providing comprehensive healthcare to people of all ages.