LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Flu season is officially underway in Kentucky and Lexington now has its first lab-confirmed case of the flu.
According to the Center of Disease Control 10-25% of the population contracts the flu every year. Part of that percentage is already cases confirmed in Kentucky. With the first case in Lexington arriving, officials are reminding the public to go in and get a vaccine before flu season really heats up.
“A seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older and is the best way to avoid getting the flu,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said.
Last year, Lexington had 503 confirmed cases of the flu and seven flu-related deaths.
"People don't think that the flu can kill but about 36-thousand people annually die from the flu," says Hall. "That's usually the very young or the elderly population so it's super important for those people to get their flu shots."
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services say it has 18 lab-confirmed cases, with activity in five of the state's 17 regions. Kentucky's flu activity level is listed as 'sporadic' which is the lowest level.