Friday, December 12, 2014

Flu activity on the rise in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is recommending people take time to get a flu shot as increased influenza activity is reported in the state.

Officials with the department reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that Kentucky's flu activity level increased from "regional" to "widespread," the highest level of flu activity. Widespread activity indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield says upcoming holidays mean more travel and family get-togethers, increasing the risk for exposure to flu.

The agency says the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccination for anyone 6 months of age or older. Those who are at higher risk are especially encouraged to get a shot.