The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has upped Kentucky’s flu level from regional to widespread, the highest tier. That means at least half of all regions in the state have reported a flu outbreak. Purchase District Public Health Director Kent Koster says the best ways to stay well are getting a flu vaccination and keeping your hands clean.
“We are within the last two weeks seeing more of those being reported to the health department,” he says.
Those most vulnerable to the flu include children, pregnant women, people in nursing homes, caretakers and those with chronic illnesses. Koster says the flu vaccine starts taking affect in about two weeks.