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Kentucky reports its first pediatric flu deaths for the season
Public Health Urges Vaccination for Kentuckians. It takes about 2 weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies, and medical providers. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.
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By Barbara Fox & Beth Fisher
FRANKFORT, KY (Fri 12 Jan 2018) - The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state's first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season.
"Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children," said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. "The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age," continued Dr. Howard. To protect the family's privacy, the children's hometown, county and gender are not being released.
"We extend our deepest sympathies to the families. These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike. We strongly encourage people to protect themselves, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu. Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others."
The flu can be very contagious. Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to stop the spread of germs:
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