1:23 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:12 pm

A cheap new lab test can use just a drop of blood to reveal the different kinds of viruses you've been exposed to over your lifetime.

The test suggests that, on average, people have been infected with about ten different types of known virus families, including influenzas, and rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, according to a report published Thursday in Science.

Read more
10:31 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Kentucky is Reaching Peak Flu Activity Early

Credit Daniel Paquet / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Six flu-related deaths have happened in Kentucky so far this season, according to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The state has been reporting widespread influenza activity for the last four weeks, which means the state has a high or increasing level of the virus.

Read more
10:14 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Number of Flu Cases Increasing in Kentucky

Credit iStockPhoto

With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky. 

Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation. 

Read more
5:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Regional Healthcare Officials Refine Ebola Response Plans

Credit NIAID / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Regional healthcare and community officials are tightening up their emergency response plans in the unlikely event that someone comes down with Ebola.

Read more
Shots - Health News
3:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

32 Myths About The Flu Vaccine You Don't Need To Fear

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 7:14 am

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming. And along with the coughing, fevers and aches, you can expect a lot of unreliable or downright wrong information about the flu vaccine.

Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard.

Read more
2:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status

Credit iStockPhoto

More than half of Kentucky’s regions have seen an increase in flu outbreaks in the past week prompting the state health department to raise the flu level to widespread. That’s the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest level for flu.

State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says this year the main strain is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009.

Read more
3:37 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Kentucky Flu Season Officially Underway

Credit iStockPhoto

Kentucky has recorded its first two confirmed cases of flu for this season, one of them in Henderson County. 

The two cases of influenza are no indication of how prevalent flu will be the next several months. The other flu case was reported in Jefferson County. State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says the flu bug is not an ailment which spreads from county to county necessarily.

Read more
6:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Flu Still Around in Kentucky

Credit iStockPhoto

The flu may not be here to stay, but it’s certainly here for a little longer.  In fact, State Epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says the most recent report bumped influenza activity back up to the regional category.  Humbaugh says another review will be done on Tuesday.

“It’s not unusual for us to see some peaks and valleys during the flu season.  This has been a particularly long flu season cause it did start early for us in Kentucky and it’s continued on,” said Humbaugh.

Read more
11:14 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Obion County Schools Closed

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Obion County, Tenn., schools are closed today and tomorrow due to flu and other illnesses. Assistant Director of School and Student Services Dale Hollowell says 548 students were absent Wednesday, which is about 15 percent of students countywide.

Read more
3:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Flu Outbreak Continues

Credit iStockPhoto

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Kentucky has spent five weeks at its highest level of flu, which is far more than last year. That means more than half of the state’s regions have reported an increased number of cases. 

Read more