Health department confirms 14 flu cases in Lexington

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Officials at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department say they're now seeing the number of flu cases rise as flu season sets in.

On Tuesday, health officials said they have confirmed 14 flu cases so far this season in Lexington.

Of those cases, 10 have been in children; their average ages are 12.

In Kentucky, flu season usually peaks in January or February.

"But that means at some point, it has to start," explained Dr. Katrina Hood of Pediatric and Adolescents Associates. "So, the fact we've seen some cases in Lexington doesn't surprise me."

Dr. Hood says her practice alone has seen half a dozen cases.

Health Department Officials also say 'tis the season for flu.

"This happens every year after Thanksgiving," explained Kevin Hall, spokesperson for the Fayette County Health Department.

"People have traveled and brought back germs from out of state; It's a trade off of germs around the holidays. So, to prevent that trade-off of germs over the holidays, a flu shot can go a really long way."

Health department officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot, if you haven't had one yet this season.

The health department is giving flu shots for $25 at the Public Health Clinic North on Newtown Circle.

Health officials say last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu.

For more information about the flu, and flu shots, click on the link attached to this story.

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