Widespread flu reported in Kentucky

22 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Earnest Huff
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A total of 563 cases were reported last week, more than double the 227 cases in the previous week, county officials said.

Other symptoms include a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. "I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. "There's a million reasons why people don't get a flu shot and I think it's very personal".

The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

She said people still describe suffering through cases of the flu as "getting hit by a freight train".

The tally of flu cases was already running well ahead of 2016, but 563 cases were confirmed by laboratory testing last week, compared to 227 the week before, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

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"The flu is a potentially fatal virus that can spread even before symptoms arise, so it is important to observe these restrictions and protect patients", said Gail Stanley, M.D., an infectious disease physician at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

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.

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. And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

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.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect. Officials warn that young children, elderly people and those who have chronic disease are especially vulnerable.

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