Flu activity in Kentucky now 'widespread'

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In Yellowstone County for the week ending December 16, 42 cases of influenza all type A were reported.

"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said. The number is slightly higher than this time previous year, but influenza activity tends to increase in December.

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity.

Thus far, there have been a total of six deaths and 262 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the start of the 2017-18 season.

State health officials continue to encourage people to get flu shots as a way to avoid the illness.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.

Shots are available in many retail pharmacies and at local public health departments.

The Oklahoma Department of Health says 65 people were admitted to hospitals this week with the flu.

An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. "It's not too late to get vaccinated, and the vaccine will help not only you, but protect those around you as well".

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Influenza affects millions across the United States each year. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.