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Health officials confirm flu-related death

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Health officials in Kentucky say a flu-related death has been confirmed in Lexington.

A statement from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Tuesday said it is the state’s first flu-related death of the 2018-19 season. Officials are recommending that everyone ages 6 months and above get a flu shot. The agency is offering free flu shots Thursday in a special one-day clinic.

The state said the person who died also had other health complications.

The announcement comes about a month after a coalition of health agencies announced a statewide campaign aimed at preventing an epidemic-level flu season like last year, when more than 10,000 people were infected.

Officials say typically only 38 percent of adults and 44 percent of children get a flu shot, and they are urging more people to get vaccinated.

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