Kentucky now reporting 'widespread' flu activity; numbers worse than last season

Ebony Scott
January 5, 2019

Of the 185 children who died from the flu previous year, 80% had not received a flu shot, according to the CDC.

Widespread influenza activity was reported in 36 states.

Dr Kelleher also warned that people with flu symptoms should not visit elderly or vulnerable people.

The number of flu cases to date this season is comparable to the number of cases at the same time last season.

This evaluation, as well as any subsequent recommended changes, occurs every year as experts use available data to anticipate the strains that may emerge, in an effort to make the vaccine as effective as possible, Rock says. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

Flu season, which began back in October, has officially arrived in Southwest Florida with more than 310 cases confirmed during the week of December 23, according to Lee Health.

One of the 10 flu deaths in Arkansas this flu season was pediatric.

Dr. William Schaffner, who studies the flu, says that's not unusual; when flu kills a child, it often happens quickly.

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The state health department also says they are receiving reports of flu outbreaks at nursing homes.

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

The early start to the flu season was partly to blame for filling emergency rooms with flu-infected people, the Public Health Agency of Canada has said.

However, in more severe cases symptoms can escalate leading to more serious conditions such as pneumonia. "The main thing right now is to get vaccinated", Lynnette Brammer, head of the CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team said.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits. "Also do not forget to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way".

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu germs.

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