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Flu

Updated May 23, 2016
Flu cases to 5-14-16

Activity
Through May 14, a total of 1,895 cases of flu had been reported in Northern Kentucky. Three deaths, all in adults with underlying medical conditions, have also been reported. Activity is shown in the chart at right.

For the 2014-2015 season, a total of 3,293 cases were reported. Five deaths were reported: four in adults age 65 and older; and one in a child under 18.

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.

The Health Department is offering flu vaccine by appointment at its four county health centers. The Health Department will offer the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four strains of the flu virus.

Flu vaccineCost: Cost is $20, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. The cost of flu vaccine is covered by Medicaid and the federal program Vaccine for Children for those who are eligible. The Health Department will vaccinate anyone who wishes to receive it, but individuals with private insurance may want to consider getting vaccinated by another provider, as the Health Department does not directly bill private insurance plans.

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.

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