FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, now is probably the time.
The Department for Public Health has upgraded the level of flu activity in the state to widespread.
Widespread means more than half of the commonwealth’s regions are seeing increased flu cases or outbreaks. Widespread is also the highest level of flu activity and this is the first time this flu season the state department for public health has described it as such.
The flu can be dangerous and if you want to avoid it, the department says make sure you’re washing your hands well…And it’s best to get a flu shot.
There are almost 1,500 reported cases so far, slightly more than what we saw this time last flu season.
Louisville has the most confirmed cases with almost 900. Flu has killed five people this season in Kentucky, four adults and one child.
Even though, we’re seeing slightly more cases right now than this time last year, there have been fewer deaths.
This time last year there had been 12 flu related deaths.
There were 333 total last year, five of which were children.
The CDC reported a severe flu season across the country last year and already this year 19 states are showing high levels of flu compared with nine last week.
The CDC recommends a flu shot for those who are six months and older. You can also prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Stay home if you’re sick, cough and sneeze into your arm, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because those are easy ways to spread germs.