Flu activity in Kentucky now 'widespread'

Flu activity in Kentucky now 'widespread'

As of December 9, around 17.1 percent of Dallas County flu tests reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back positive for the virus.

The symptoms of influenza usually develop over a matter of a few hours and include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat.

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

Flu can be very contagious.

A vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system.




He said: "Over 1,000 extra deaths happened last winter as a result of the flu, not directly but indirectly". And if you get the flu despite getting the vaccination, it's often a milder case. In fact some years, we did not see the flu peak until spring.

"Flu activity has been accelerating over the past three weeks and more people could get sick", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season. Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are encouraging all Montanans to take some precautions when traveling this holiday season.

Getting the shot is a proactive way to avoid a potentially harmful illness that is good for you, your loved one and the people in your care, say hospital administrators.

As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population. She has worked at Peterson Health for about one year.

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