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Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu)
activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread.
Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates
increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in
the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the
CDC's national flu surveillance system.
"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, now is a
good time to protect yourself and your family by putting a flu shot on your
holiday list," said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "As the
holidays approach, people will be traveling and families will gather together,
increasing the potential for exposure to the flu. We are strongly urging anyone
who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for
complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or
The flu season can begin as early as October and last through May, and usually
peaks between January and March. The holiday season is still a good time to get
vaccinated against the flu because it takes about two weeks for immunity to
develop and offer protection against flu. However, vaccination can be given any
time during the flu season, and this year there is a plentiful vaccine supply.
The best way to protect against the flu is to receive a flu vaccination. The
CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for
all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are especially encouraged
to receive the flu vaccine, because they may be at higher risk for
complications or negative consequences, include:
Children age 6 months to 19 years;
• Pregnant women;
• People 50 years old or older;
• People of any age with chronic health problems;
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
• Health care workers;
•Caregivers of or people who live with a person at high risk for complications
from the flu; and
•Out-of-home caregivers of or people who live with children less than 6 months
Kentuckians should receive a new flu vaccination each season for optimal protection.
Influenza strains currently circulating most widely in Kentucky appear to be
covered by this season's vaccine, according to officials.