Widespread flu activity now reported in Kentucky

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Burton checks reported flu cases in Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall and Bexar counties. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

Influenza vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed work or school, but also can prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking".

All three school campuses across the county reported increased student absenteeism starting last week.

Children aged two to eight years (on August 31, 2017) are eligible for a free flu vaccine in Wales, but this year uptake is low in children aged two and three, with only two in every five children in this age group now protected. It is now 2017 there are many vaccines available at the local drug store, clinic, and the health department.

Have you ever wondered how the flu is spread? Influenza affects millions across the United States each year. People with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away.

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

The flu season total is now 1,646, compared to 451 at a similar point past year.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section. CDC officials claim that is caused by the immune system making antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine that help a person fight off the flu.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks".

"I just want to do my job without fear or retribution or being singled out", said one nurse.

"Vaccination helps protect individual children from flu and also can help stop it spreading to family, friends and the wider community".

Other tips include washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and avoiding touching your hands to your face.

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