LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of free flu shots and free COVID-19 testing will be available in south Louisville next week.

In a release, UofL Health says it will offer 10,000 free flu vaccines Oct. 18 though Oct. 23 in Shively at the Community Center on Park Road. The effort is meant to protect the public as the regular flu season combines with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts at UofL Health say reducing your chances of getting the flu will benefit you and the public. Fewer flu cases will mean a smaller impact on medical resources already being used during the pandemic. Reducing the burden of respiratory illnesses can also protect vulnerable populations and reduces the risk of a severe illness and hospitalization.

Dr. Hugh Shoff says while they haven't yet seen many patients who have contracted COVID-19 at the same time, doctors are concerned that the upcoming flu season could change that and create complications for parents.

"If you've ever had a question about getting the influenza vaccine, or you've ever been concerned about it, this is the year to get it," said Dr. Hugh Schoff of U of L Health. "We want you to get out and get the vaccine because if you can help prevent one disease, it helps you kind of figure out later on if you get sick what it might be, helps you stay healthy, and helps prevent getting both at the same time because we really don't know what that might mean for some people."

Appointments are recommended for the Shively drive-thru site, but are not required. Patients are permitted to walk up without an appointment.

The free flu shots will be available by drive-thru or walk ups at the City of Shively - Community Building at 1901 Park Road in Shively. They are available from Oct. 19-23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to flu shots, free COVID testing will also be available at the same site. To reduce wait times, appointments are recommended. You can schedule a flu shot, COVID test or both by calling 502-588-0414 or registering online at: www.UofLHealth.orgĀ 

The flu shots are being done by UofL Health in partnership with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and the City of Shively.

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