Health officials say flu is hitting Lexington hard

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, there are already more total lab-reported cases in the first nine weeks than in the last 3 years.
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 9:55 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington health officials say the flu is hitting the city hard.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, there are already more total lab-reported cases in the first nine weeks this season than in the previous three years combined.

Lexington reported 525 new cases and five flu-related deaths, three from November and two from December, this past week, bringing the totals to 1,294 and 6 deaths this flu season.

Christina King with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says the influenza virus is already running at peak levels in the city. She says peak season is normally in January.

“Last year, we only had four flu cases and zero deaths, and this year we have surpassed that already,” King said. “We’ve not just returned to our normal numbers of pre-pandemic flu cases, but we’ve rose above that drastically. It’s quite concerning.”

The totals from the last three years were:

  • 381 cases, 2 deaths (2021-22)
  • 4 cases, 0 deaths (2020-21)
  • 749 cases, 9 deaths (2019-20)

The LFCHD says the lab-confirmed cases only reflect a small percentage of flu cases in Lexington.

Health officials say a flu shot for six months and older is the best way to protect from the flu and its potentially serious complications.

Free flu shots are available by same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at the LFCHD’s Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike by calling 859-288-2483.