Dec 11, 2012 10:43 AM
The CDC has raised the status of the flu in the state of Kentucky to regional status, which is just one below the highest classification of widespread.
The flu continues to spread throughout the country, with this season starting early and threatening to become one of the worst in almost a decade.
CDC data shows that last week all states had some flu activity and in eight it is widespread, up from four the week before.
School children are not only vulnerable, they play a big role in spreading the flu. School children tend to pass the virus back and forth, they all get sick in the school and they bring it home into the community.
According to the CDC, so far nationally this year five children have died from the flu. In the 2009-10 season, when a new strain appeared, 279 died.
Health officials are urging all adults and children over 6 months old to get vaccinated. The vaccine is not a guarantee against wintertime illness, but it does greatly reduces the chances of severe disease, especially for those 65 and over who have naturally weakened immune systems.