Flu-related deaths in Kentucky now at 100

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky has hit a grim milestone, with 100 flu-related deaths being reported in the state.

The Department for Public Health says at least four of those 100 deaths have been children.

The department says this season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to healthy Kentuckians as well.

The state is in its seventh consecutive week of widespread flu activity, which is the highest level of flu activity, with at least half of the state reporting increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks.

The flu season runs through late May.

During the 2016-17 flu season, Kentucky recorded 76 deaths.

Health officials say the flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu and recommends all healthy Kentuckians aged six months and older be vaccinated.

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