Health officials in Kentucky say this year’s flu epidemic has claimed over 100 lives and while there are no confirmed flu deaths in Christian County, the area has been hit hard.
The Christian County Health Department confirmed 216 positive tests for the flu in Christian County as of January 31st, but that number is likely low as some medical clinics are not equipped to report that information to the state electronically.
Health Department Public Information Officer Amanda Bassingthwaite says flu season got off to an early start in Christian County.
The traditional peak of flu season is coming up soon and Bassingthwaite says it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
Even if this year’s vaccine doesn’t prevent you from contracting the flu, officials say it can lessen the effects of the virus.
The most common flu type identified in Kentucky at this time is influenza A. A healthy person with influenza will usually miss three to five days of work, school, or other usual activities, and sometimes may miss seven to 10 days.
Washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with those who are sick when possible and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth are ways to try and avoid catching the flu.