GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - A Scott County infant is dead after complications with the swine flu.
We're the 10-month-old infant from Scott County died Tuesday morning at the Georgetown Community Hospital from complications of H1N1. Officials tell us his symptoms came on suddenly.
We're told his 17-year-old mother put him he a crib, and when she went to get him, he was unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital,where he was pronounced dead.
It's the first pediatric flu death in Kentucky this season. Kentucky's flu activity is at the highest level, with the C.D.C., saying the virus is widespread.
Flu cases are on the rise, including 14 confirmed cases in Lexington, but less than half as many as this time last year.
The widespread category means flu has gone from being in certain areas that cover less than half the state, to confirmed cases throughout the state. January and February are peak times for the flu, so it makes sense that we're seeing a rise in activity. Officials emphasize it's not too late to get a flu shot. They give them at the health department and pharmacies throughout Lexington. Those shots cover several different strains including H1N1, which they say is making a resurgence this year. That shot takes a couple of weeks to become effective.
Now, even though we're at less than half the number of confirmed cases of flu here in Lexington, officials don't want people to let their guards down.
"It is encouraging, but you know we may have a later peak this year. It just varies so much that it's unpredictable," Lois David, with the Fayette County Health Department, tells WKYT.
Right now, officials at the health department say there's no way to know when those flu levels will drop off. They recommend the flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and above.
So far, Kentucky has recorded at least one adult death from the flu. The Northern Kentucky Health Department says a middle aged man died from complications of the virus. We're told he had a history of chronic health problems, making him more susceptible.