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Flu Season Still Upon Us

Posted at 5:18 PM, Apr 01, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Despite the weather getting nicer, flu season is still here. Health officials say that one strain of the flu currently going around could still cause problems.

Compared to this time last year, reported cases of the flu are down. Numbers show that flu activity in Kentucky is still high, but it is slowing down.

Health officials say that it’s usually this time of year that people let their guard down when it comes to the flu, but flu season is still here.

“It typically runs through the end of April, so we’ve still got another month left to go before we start seeing that decline,” said public health Nurse Kimberly Harris.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in the last few weeks, a specific strain of flu, H3, has been reported more frequently in most of the country and health experts say that H3 viruses are typically associated with more severe illnesses in older adults, meaning more hospitalization, even an increase in deaths.

Harris said that it’s still a good idea to get your flu shot if you haven’t gotten it.