Flu Season Coming To An End

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 15:39:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) After a brutal flu season, doctor’s offices are seeing fewer people with the flu, but the statewide number of deaths is a number that Kentucky has never seen. 

"It was the worst flu season that I recall in my 11 years of practice," said Dr. Jordan Prendergast with the Lexington Clinic. 

Dr. Prendergast is a family doctor at the Lexington Clinic Veteran’s Park Office. She said that at the peak of Flu season, they were seeing 15-20 cases per day, but last week, they only saw two. 

Both cases were Influence Type B, which normally hits later in the season.

“Type B can be just as bad. They do tend to be quite different. A does peak first and then B comes back and peaks later,” said Dr. Prendergast. 

During week 11, the state saw 223 deaths. During week 12, that number jumped to 246. Doctor Prendergast said four of five of those deaths came from their clinic.

 “We actually did have some deaths here at our clinic, which was very hard for us and our staff and their families,” he said. 

The latest numbers said that the vaccine was around 20% effective this year.