Flu activity at highest level in Kentucky

Lynn Cook
January 5, 2019

IL has been experiencing a slightly higher activity level, earning "local activity" status, which indicates recent lab-confirmed influenza outbreaks in a single region and/or an increase in influenza-like illness cases.

"The flu seasons last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, up to 18 weeks".

Dr. Rodriguez says flu season is expected to last from now until the end of March. She adds that many times the season peaks around January and February, so it is not too late to get the flu shot.

"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said. The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.

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"Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza in our community - it protects you and others around you", said Kim Presta, a manager in the health unit's clinical services division, in a release.

Those numbers are a jump from the fewer than 90 cases confirmed the week of December 8.

"Our current vaccine has H1N1 strain in it, so you get protection against that", Landrum said.

"The flu shot is recommended generally for everyone over the age of 6 months". Nearly all flu cases have been influenza A, and of those they were able to test in detail, most were the H1N1 virus subtype.

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Those with flu symptoms are advised to visit their primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center. Individuals with naïve or suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the flu.

Getting vaccinated won't guarantee that you won't come down with flu, but if you do, your illness will be milder, health experts say.

When you are sick, try to limit your contact with others.

Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. There has been a special concentration in very young kids. "Also keep in mind to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way".

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