According to its website, National Influenza Vaccination Week, or NIVW, “was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.”
This year, NIVW was scheduled for Dec. 4 to 10, after Lexington's public health officials have already held a handful of free flu clinics. In fact, tomorrow’s flu clinic could be the final one this year, according to Public Health Nurse David Neylon.
To date this year, the Office of Community Development, Health Division, Public School Nurses and Board of Health have vaccinated more than 1,700 residents, about half of whom were less than 19-years-old, according to a Health Division press release.
The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone older than 6 months should receive the flu vaccine annually, although children, pregnant women, people 50 and older and those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems are most at risk for complications associated with the flu.
At , to be held from 4 to 7 p.m., all Lexington residents aged 4-years and older can receive free flu shots or Flumist on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, local officials recommend people wear loose-fitting or short-sleeved clothing so they’re able to receive the flu shot and that first-timers give themselves at least 15 minutes to hang around after receiving the vaccine.