Kentucky’s influenza level has just been updated to “widespread,” prompting health officials and advocates to encourage Kentuckians to get their flu shot — and to keep their hands washed.

“We strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to get a flu shot,” Dr. Jeff Howard, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, said in a news release.

He added to remember to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way.
A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that about half of Kentucky adults got a flu shot in the last 12 months, more than in previous flu seasons.

Read the complete story in this week’s edition of the Times-News

By Melissa Patrick, Kentucky Health News


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