Flu Deemed 'Widespread' in Kentucky

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Flu in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that flu activity in the commonwealth is now considered "widespread", a designation indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in a state. Five other states have been given this designation in the Weekly United States Influenza Surveillance Report.

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In recent years, the peak of flu season in Kentucky has occurred in February and March, meaning there is enough time to take advantage of public health measures to ward off the onset of flu.

"It is not too late to get your flu shot if you have not had one in the past six months. It is the best preventive measure you can take to keep from contracting this debilitating and sometimes fatal virus," said Dr. William Hacker, Health and Family Services' acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. "And, by all means, don

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