Flu Outbreak Remains ‘Widespread’

There have now been six flu-related deaths in Kentucky this year, according to the Center for Disease Control. There have also been 2,400 reported flu cases this year, an increase of more than 800 confirmed cases since earlier this month. Flu activity remains widespread levels and state health officials continue to encourage residents to get the flu vaccine, especially with the holidays upon us. Vaccine experts recommend that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu. While vaccination against the flu is recommended for everyone, it is especially important for those at high risk for serious flu-related complications or those who live with or care for people at high risk. This includes: Children younger than 5 years, but especially those younger than 2 years; Pregnant women; People 65 and older; People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions; Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; and People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.

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