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Free Flu Shots Still Available for UK Employees

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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.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.