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Flu

Updated May 21, 2015Flu cases to date 5-16-15

Activity
Kentucky is reporting flu at the sporadic level, meaning that small numbers of cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak has been reported, but there is no increase in cases of flu-like illnesses.

In Northern Kentucky, after record-breaking flu numbers in late December, activity has slowed. For the season, a total of 3,293 cases were reported through May 16; of those just 3 were reported between May 3 and May 16.

Five deaths have been reported: four in adults age 65 and older; and one in a child under 18.

Other interesting facts:

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 best way to protect against influenza. It does, however, take two weeks after you get the vaccine for it to be fully effective.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs that can cause respiratory illness like the flu. While these actions are helpful, remember that vaccination is the most important step in preventing the flu.

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.

Resources
Half-page handout on flu prevention tips
Sample letter for child care/preschools: PDF, Word

More information
Submit a question by e-mail
Flu.gov