Widespread flu activity now reported in Kentucky

Brandon Parsons
December 22, 2017

Department for Public Health officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, now report "widespread" flu for the first time this flu season.

These restrictions are in place much earlier this flu season due to the rapid increase of influenza across the region, which matches the state and national trend.

The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season.

"For the west coast we usually see a spike for flu season in February, and we might be seeing our spike earlier this year". The number is slightly higher than this time previous year, but influenza activity tends to increase in December.

There's a chance every flu season that the efficacy of the flu shot can change, she said.

Other tips include washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and avoiding touching your hands to your face.

The ODH recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot to best protect themselves from the influenza virus.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Although the county has plenty vaccine to go around, Thompson said it seems that fewer people are getting flu vaccinations this year.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies, and medical providers.

ONA represents more than 13,500 nurses in OR and has filed unfair labor practice complaints against other hospitals, such as St. Charles Health System in Bend, for holding employees and volunteers to the same standards as MCMC.

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