Kentucky now reporting 'widespread' flu activity; numbers worse than last season

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Crystal White Shield lost her 6-year-old daughter, Allison Eaglespeaker, to the flu on December 1. "Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications".

Pedati says the flu is now reported in every region of the state.

In February of a year ago, the flu vaccine advisory group of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended changing two of the four components for the flu vaccine administered in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the CDC, flu activity is high in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

An early start to the flu season is responsible for the increase, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, told CTV Atlantic. Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of disease.

At the end of last flu season, 333 people died flu-related deaths.

Flu viruses are classified by A, B, and C. The influenza A virus is the source of widespread infections because it can mutate much faster than the other versions and is carried by birds to humans and other animals.

"We recommend the flu shot because the virus is dead in the shot; the virus is still living in the nasal spray", said Thompson.

To help promote personal health and wellness, get an annual flu vaccine. That strain has been circulating and was pandemic in 2009 and in 1918.

The 2017-18 flu season saw 228 flu deaths in Arkansas, including 172 people over the age 65 and five children under the age of 18. She adds that many times the season peaks around January and February, so it is not too late to get the flu shot.

The dominant strain now circulating, called H1N1, is less likely to affect the elderly-a particularly vulnerable group-and it tends to be more sensitive to vaccination. "Be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and stay home if you are sick with flu-like illness". "Our mortality estimate was one of the highest, if not the highest, we've seen".

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