There have been 100 reported deaths from the flu in Kentucky, which is being described as an epidemic.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, at least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. They are describing this strain of influenza as can be extremely dangerous, even deadly, not only for those at greater risk but for generally healthy people as well.
Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard says, “Tragically, the influenza virus has claimed the lives of 100 Kentuckians so far this season. During this time of widespread flu activity, we want to remind people to avoid contact with others if you have influenza or an influenza-like illness. If you are sick, seek care from your healthcare provider early. Lastly, take appropriate measures to protect yourself such as washing your hands with soap and water.”
The average person who contracts the flu could miss up to five days of work or school, if not more. Officials are encouraging people to get a flu shot, which can help protect people from the illness in as quickly as two weeks after taking it. **