LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2020) — University of Kentucky employees who have not received a flu vaccination for this winter can still receive one free of charge.
If you are on a UK health insurance plan, you can visit any pharmacy and receive a flu shot for free. If you are not on UK insurance, you can visit any UK HealthCare retail pharmacy and receive a free flu shot, too, or make an appointment for a curbside flu vaccination at UK HealthCare-Turfland. Appointments can be made by calling the UKHC Pharmacy Vaccination Hotline at 859-562-2018.
Visit this website to learn more about flu shot opportunities for UK employees: www.uky.edu/coronavirus/do-your-part/flu-shots/employee-flu-shots.
Health care experts strongly urge everyone to get a flu shot — especially this season during the COVID-19 pandemic. The need is more important than ever to limit the number of seasonal flu cases. Otherwise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that health care systems could become more overwhelmed than they already are if they must treat patients for both COVID-19 and the flu.
A flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however it will reduce the risk of contracting seasonal flu, which, according to the CDC, affected 38 million people last year in the U.S. and resulted in 400,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths.
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