Influenza is beginning to make its mark on Kentucky. The early cases have been found in two larger urban areas.
The traditional flu season in the Commonwealth begins in the fall and runs through March, sometimes later. Keeping tabs on the troublesome virus is the state’s Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning. State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says the flu bug is biting. “We’ve begun to recognize our first cases of influenza this season here in Kentucky, which tells us the flu is definitely starting to circulate here in the state,” said Humbaugh.
Humbaugh says the early cases have been reported in Louisville and northern Kentucky. He says there are both lab and rapid test positive results for flu. The state health official realizes it’s early in the season. “We’re reporting now our lowest level which is sporadic, but it means that there is circulating flu here but it is just at the beginning of the season,” added Humbaugh.
Humbaugh says this year’s flu vaccine is expected to offer better protection than last year. He says the flu shot is the best preventive step for anyone six months and older.