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Longer Flu Season Expected Across Kentucky

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For nine straight weeks, widespread flu activity has been reported across Kentucky.

State Public Health Deputy Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh says that’s not uncommon. But, the veteran epidemiologist says the peak period for influenza is later than usual. “Normally in April we are seeing fewer cases and our activity level is decreasing, but it seems to be sustained through February, March, and now April,” said Humbaugh.

Humbaugh says it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. The vaccination rate across the Commonwealth typically runs about 50 percent. “Unfortunately that means that there’s still half of the population that potentially susceptible to the flu,” explained Humbaugh.

Humbaugh says the flu season is likely to run through May.

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.
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