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Flu

Updated April 16, 2015Flu cases to date 4-11-15

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Kentucky is reporting flu at the regional level, meaning that outbreaks of flu or increases in flu-like illnness have been reported in at least two but less than half of the regions of the state.

In Northern Kentucky, record-breaking flu numbers were reported in late December, but reports have slowed since. For the season, a total of 3,268 cases were reported through April 11; of those just 13 were reported between March 22 and 28.

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