Number of flu cases down in Fayette county

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Health Department says the number of confirmed flu cases in Fayette county is down from last week, to 86 confirmed cases. Last week 102 confirmed cases were reported in Fayette county.

The best way to protect against the flu is to receive a flu vaccination. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are especially encouraged to receive the flu vaccine, because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences, include:

• Children age 6 months to 19 years;
• Pregnant women;
• Young and middle-aged adults for the 2013-2014 influenza season;
• People 50 years old or older;
• People of any age with chronic health problems;
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
• Health care workers;
• Caregivers of or people who live with a person at high risk for complications from the flu; and
• Out-of-home caregivers of, or people who live with, children less than 6 months old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky as having "widespread" flu activity, the highest level.

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