DPHHS: Influenza activity increasing across the state

DPHHS: Influenza activity increasing across the state

Ronald Pratt
December 22, 2017

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Just last week, 96 people in the county were hospitalized with flu-related illnesses. The following week, that number more than doubled to 140 positive cases. "Right now it looks to be a real serious flu season, and so we need to make sure everyone practices steps for prevention".

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies, and medical providers. He also recommends staying home at the first sign of flu-like symptoms. Influenza affects millions across the United States each year. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks". "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has made a decision to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask".

The winter flu season has started and will probably peak in the next three to six weeks, according to the Health Service Executive.

Seasonal flu activity
Seasonal flu activity

There is still a lot of concern over how effective this year's flu vaccine will be.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said.

Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards. This will help you recover, but it will also lower the chances of making others sick.

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

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