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Updated November 17, 2014

Kentucky is reporting flu at the sporadic level, meaning that small numbers of flu cases or a single outbreak has been reported, but there is no increase in cases of flu statewide.

In Northern Kentucky, fewer than five cases of flu had been reported through November 8.

In the 2013-2014 flu season, Northern Kentucky had a total of 1,341 cases reported with five deaths.

Flu vaccine

An annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older is the first and best way to protect against influenza. It does, however, take two weeks after you get the vaccine for it to be fully effective.

The Health Department will offer a limited number of doses of flu vaccine by appointment at its four county health centers. Call the health center most convenient for you for details.

Cost is $20, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Some may have the fees reduced and even eliminated through either a federal program providing vaccines to children or for individuals covered by Medicaid.

Fact sheet
Details about flu are contained in our fact sheet.

News release
Read our latest news release about seasonal flu.

Flu vs. Ebola
While Ebola cases in the U.S. and its wide spread in Africa are concerning, we must not forget to protect ourselves against more common illnesses, like flu. Read an editorial from Health Department Director Lynne Saddler about relative risks of flu and Ebola in Northern Kentucky.

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