The Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual health fair moves to Fourth Street Live Thursday. | Photo by Melissa Chipman

Free hepatitis A shots and nearly 50 exhibitors will be on hand Thursday as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 11th annual health fair comes to Fourth Street Live.

Walgreens will provide a limited number of hepatitis A shots at the event, which also will include various kinds of health screenings and health-related exhibits. WellCare of Kentucky is the presenting sponsor.

“Sometimes it’s hard to make time for preventive care and health screenings, but nothing is more important to your long-term health than spotting problems early when they can still be easily addressed,” WellCare’s president, Bill Jones, noted in a news release.

Hepatitis A shots have been recommended by the state of Kentucky for people living in Jefferson, Bullitt and a few other counties touched by a hepatitis A outbreak. Louisville has had more than 270 cases and one death associated with the outbreak, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Kentucky Derby Festival President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Berry said the health fair is a good reminder for people to take care of their health. “You can receive health screenings and tips for the whole family in a fun and convenient atmosphere,” he said in the release.

Admission to the event, which lasts from 4-8 p.m., is free with a Pegasus Pin, but children younger than age 6 don’t need one. There’s also free parking.

KentuckyOne Health and the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center will be there to raise awareness about organ donation.

There also will be fun characters like Doc McStuffins and local celebrities like Coach Mozziz “Mo” DeWalt, a former contestant on “The Bigger Loser.”

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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