Reported flu cases triple locally

22 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Colin Gill
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Department for Public Health officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, now report "widespread" flu for the first time this flu season.

Reported cases are slightly higher than this time previous year; however, influenza activity typically does increase in December.

Flu is now widespread in Kentucky, meaning there are flu-outbreaks in half of Kentucky's regions.

The state's statistics cover the period from December 10-16. Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Other symptoms include a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

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There's a chance every flu season that the efficacy of the flu shot can change, she said.

"Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days", OSF HealthCare said in a statement.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

A vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system.

As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population.

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