Health officials report 'widespread' flu in Kentucky

Francis Osborne
December 22, 2017

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of six months, although there are rare exceptions.

She said people still describe suffering through cases of the flu as "getting hit by a freight train".

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City officials said there has been an increase in flu activity reported locally and across the nation. Paul said the schools dismissing for the two-week Christmas break can help stem the spread of the flu and other illnesses.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, according to the Health Department. You won't get as sick, and who wants to be really sick with the flu?

'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.

Many Arkansans will be getting something they didn't really ask for this Christmas - the flu.

A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions.

Peterson officials say the best thing a person can do when they have the flu is to take good care of themself.

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