FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians are being encouraged to get their flu shot to keep from spreading illness this holiday season.
Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, running December 3-9.
“During the holidays families and friends will gather, which increases the potential for exposure to the flu virus,” Jeffrey Howard, M.D., acting commissioner of DPH. “We urge everyone who hasn’t received the flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with their regular health care professional, local health departments or other vaccine providers.”
Kentucky currently is reporting 80 confirmed cases of flu with the state flu activity level currently classified as “regional”.
The DPH says National Influenza Vaccination Week serves as a reminder to those people who have not yet received a flu vaccine. The department says the time to get vaccinated continues into winter – through February or later, when flu season typically peaks. Because it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protective antibodies against the flu following vaccination, Kentuckians who have not had a chance to be vaccinated should do so now.
Vaccine supplies are considered plentiful at this time, but people are urged to call their providers or pharmacies to check on availability.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical professional, local health department or local pharmacy. Influenza information is also available online