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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.

Monitoring for the 2013-2-14 flu season has ended. Northern Kentucky had a total of 1,341 cases reported with five deaths.

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.

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Details about flu are contained in our fact sheet.

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