Flu activity in Kentucky now 'widespread'

Dec 22, 2017, 00:33
Flu activity in Kentucky now 'widespread'

Burton checks reported flu cases in Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall and Bexar counties.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Just last week, 96 people in the county were hospitalized with flu-related illnesses.

"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.

As of this time last season, there were four deaths in the county. "We're seeing an increase in our flu cases, so that is a concern".

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics. The flu virus can spread a day before symptoms develop, and five to seven days after becoming sick. Influenza affects millions across the United States each year.

Increased activity for the flu began earlier this season than usual in Kentucky and is expected to continue for several months.

Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record. It's recommended for children of ages 6 months and older, as well as those people at high risk for complications related to the flu.

Doctors said there is still time to get your flu shot. CDC officials claim that is caused by the immune system making antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine that help a person fight off the flu.

Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards.

The issues involving vaccinations, for the flu or other illnesses, are complex and boil down to personal choice, say opponents of MCMC's policy. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

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