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Kentucky Public Health officials reporting 'widespread' flu

The flu virus The flu virus
Carol Daniels | 22 December, 2017, 01:08

Local and state public health officials are seeing an increase in influenza activity across the state, with almost 200 new cases, 40 hospitalizations, and several outbreaks reported over the past two weeks.

Fortunately, there were no flu deaths reported within the last week, but six people across the state have died since the season started.

The North Dakota Department of Health today raised the level of flu activity in the state to widespread.

"There are so many places you can go now, but at the health department we do immunization from age 6 months and up while some pharmacies only do 14 and up", Brown said.

During the week of December 3, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals recorded 54 positive flu cases.

The Big Sandy region, including Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties, had the most laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week, with 81.

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. In the last decade or so, about one-third of Canadians have been getting flu shots.

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"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.

Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section. If you're sick, stay home.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said.

"So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza is now widespread in CT.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.

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