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Flu Level Raised to Widespread in Kentucky

Flu Level Raised to Widespread in Kentucky

WMSK Staff

January 12th, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2017) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising the influenza (flu) level in the state from “regional” to “widespread.” Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

“With widespread flu activity reported in Kentucky, now is a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot”, said Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D., commissioner of DPH. “We urge anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. However, the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because it has been shown to be ineffective. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:

∙ Children age six months through 59 months;
∙ Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
∙ Persons 50 years of age or older;

∙ Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater);
∙ Persons aged six months and older with chronic health problems;
∙ Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
∙ Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months
(i.e., aged

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