First lab-confirmed flu case of season reported in Kentucky

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

State health officials say a person from Jessamine County has come down with the first lab-confirmed flu case of the season.

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials say Kentucky's flu activity is currently classified as "sporadic," which is the lowest level of flu activity.

Flu season typically lasts from October until May, and usually peaks between January and March, according to health officials.

"Getting the flu can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening, so it's extremely important to take simple preventive steps to avoid it. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a flu shot now," said Steve Davis, M.D., acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. "You should also follow the advice your mother gave you to prevent flu and other illnesses that tend to circulate around this time of year" explains Jessamine County epidemiologist Kylie Chilton. "Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and stay home when you're sick."

Health officials advise anyone over six months old to get a flu vaccination.

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