Widespread flu activity now reported in Kentucky

Widespread flu activity now reported in Kentucky

"But it's still better to get the shot, than not to get it", Burton said. In fact some years, we did not see the flu peak until spring.

In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.

"I think there's much more to come", Thompson said.

She said tests results from doctors' offices and through their ER show more Flu A, or a mixture of A and B.

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

This report covers flu surveillance for the 28 counties that comprise Region 8.

One flu virus circulating, influenza A (H3N2), has been more resistant to flu vaccinations, though Koening said many of those cases have been in Australia where the flu season is winding down, and not predictive of what will happen in the United States. Fortunately, no deaths occurred within the last week.

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Burton agrees it's especially hard during the holidays, to be careful and stay healthy. "There's a million reasons why people don't get a flu shot and I think it's very personal". Germs spread this way. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Getting the shot is a proactive way to avoid a potentially harmful illness that is good for you, your loved one and the people in your care, say hospital administrators.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

"Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days", OSF HealthCare said in a statement.

Flu symptoms often include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches, and thousands of people die each year because of the flu, mostly among elderly people, according to the press release.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

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