Flu cases on the rise in Kentucky

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It starts with a headache then an achy feeling. Flu virus cases are on the rise and some states are reporting a recent steep increase. So has Kentucky been hit as hard as others?

"Right now in Lexington we have 16 confirmed cases. Now that doesn't mean there are only 16 cases in the city. There's only 16 that a doctor has tested for and sent off to a lab and get confirmed. Generally at this time in the past few years we've seen lower amounts," says Kevin Hall of the Fayette County Health Department.

Kevin Hall says even though this number is high, there's no reason to panic.

"Really what we want people to realize is that there's still plenty of time to go get your flu shot. In KY the peak flu season isn't until late January, early February so your still quite a bit away from seeing those numbers start to skyrocket," says Hall.

The health department offers flu shots on Tuesdays or many local pharmacies offer shots anytime. It's a quick and painless way to prevent this easily spread virus.

"The vaccine takes about two weeks to fully take effect. So if you go get it now or the next week you should be protected for the peak season," says Hall.

If you have a high fever, body and head aches, along with a lack of energy most likely you have the flu. You should see your doctor and not try to go to work or school.

"Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. You want to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer to compliment that but not as a replacement," adds Hall.

For more information about the flu and symptoms visit www.lexflucrew.com.

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