FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reports ‘widespread’ flu activity for the 10th consecutive week.
DPH describes ‘widespread’ as the highest level of flu activity. It indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions.
DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeff Howard encourages anyone who hasn’t already received a flu vaccine to get vaccinated, especially children 6 months and older and those at high risk for complications related to the flu.
Howard says to check with doctors’ offices, local health departments, pharmacies or other providers about getting the vaccine.
So far, Kentucky has had 44 flu-related deaths for the 2018-19 flu season. For the 2017-18 flu season, Kentucky reported a total of 333 flu-related deaths.
It takes about two weeks after the getting the shot for a person to develop protection from the flu.
Symptoms include: fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Those with symptoms should seek treatment.
Activity levels are tracked weekly as part of the national flu surveillance system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Weekly flu activity reports for Kentucky are posted HERE each Friday by noon.
The DHS is within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).