Health officials report 'widespread' flu in Kentucky

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Health officials say there have been about 3,000 reported flu cases statewide.

Fortunately, there were no flu deaths reported within the last week, but six people across the state have died since the season started.

These restrictions are in place much earlier this flu season due to the rapid increase of influenza across the region, which matches the state and national trend.

A total of 303 cases were reported during the week ending on December 1, and 204 cases were reported during the week ending on November 25. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider. "Even if the vaccine may not prevent every case of influenza, the evidence shows that getting a flu shot still can prevent severe illness and hospitalization".

Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

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Symptoms of the flu virus include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section. There were four deaths at this time a year ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old. If you're sick, stay home.

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable.