No pediatric deaths from influenza-related illness were reported in Wichita County in the reviewed period.
"Flu season in Kentucky peaks in February and cases can extend into April and May", Lexington Fayette County Health Department spokesperson Kevin Hall said.
Eight people died of influenza and 13 of pneumonia - a complication of the flu - from November of previous year through this January, according to a review of death certificates by Rodrigo Casanueva, health district epidemiologist.
A few weeks ago, it started to look like the H3N2 virus was starting to burn itself out because it spread so quickly, though experts like Swift warn the flu can have a second surge.
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Those seeking flu shots can do so by setting up an appointment at the Myrtle Beach Health Department or Horry County Health Department by calling 1-800-868-0404. "If one in three people are not contracting the flu that's one extra person that's not infecting a bunch of other people".
"I encourage anyone who has not received the flu shot to get one", said Brandie Combs, regional director.
On Thursday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 2, Levegood said that school officials noticed that the absentee rate had increased to 11 and 13 percent, respectively.
Carteret Health Care is restricting vistors under age 18 and limiting the number of visitors per patient to two people.
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Additionally, 15 different counties have now reported at least 5 flu deaths.
The Douglas County Health Department has been giving free flu shots to all residents of that county since December, said Administrator Amanda Minor. "But the other part of the answer is that by the time the next flu season comes around, you're no longer protected because the flu vaccine is weak, even if the strain doesn't change". Currently, yearly flu shots that are 50 percent effective are just not an attractive product for Americans, he said.
Still haven't gotten your flu shot?
This year's vaccine protects against four strains of the flu, but the Health Dept. also encourages you to wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.
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If you believe you have the flu it's important that you contact your doctor.