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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.

Northern Kentucky has had 1,290 cases reported though April 5. Five deaths have been reported, with the most recent being in a man from Kenton County.

Seasonal flu is responsible for severe illness and death every year, but who is most affected each season can vary depending on the predominant circulating virus. The 2009 H1N1 strain of flu has been more prevalent this year. This particular strain tends to affect young and middle-aged adults disproportionately when compared to other strains. If H1N1 continues to circulate, then we expect to see more people in these age groups getting severe respiratory illnesses this year. Fortunately, H1N1 is included in all flu vaccines, so if you’re vaccinated, you’ll be protected.

For the 2012-2013, a total of 3,492 cases of flu and eight deaths were reported. It was the highest ever.

The Health Department will offer a limited number of doses of flu vaccine by appointment at its four county health centers.

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.

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