First Cases of Flu Reported in Kentucky

Oct 29, 2013

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says two cases of influenza have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The two cases, which occured in Henderson and Jefferson County, represent the first incidents of the disease in Kentucky this fall.  Although flu activity is currently sporadic, spokeswoman Gwenda Bond says people should still take preventative measures. 

“Getting the flu can be serious and even life threatening sometimes, especially for those who are younger or with chronic illnesses, and vaccination is still the best tool we have to prevent illness," she said. 

Bond says the vaccine is available for those 6 months and over and the state has an ample supply.  Immunity typically develops two weeks after vaccination, and a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests it can also reduce the risk of heart ailments. 

The Kentucky Department of Public Health also recommends that people aged 65 or older get the pneumococcal vaccine, as it can help prevent bacterial pneumonia and other flu complications.