BG pediatrician ‘kids flu numbers declining’ despite fear

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Despite Kentucky matching a record number of pediatric flu deaths this season, one local pediatrician says there’s not much cause for alarm, especially if you’ve had your flu shot.

Mid-December, the state tied its record for the highest number of child influenza deaths. So far this season, at least six children across the state have died from the flu, matching the record set during the 2019-2020 season.

According to Bowling Green Internal Medicine & Pediatric Associates, their office has seen many RSV, then many flu cases back to back, but fortunately, both numbers are dwindling.

Pediatrician Dr. Kelly Kries said, “What I have seen this year has been a typical flu season compared to a severe flu season… RSV peaked in October. Flu peaked in November. And Covid is just now starting to hit, so I don’t think we have that to worry about.”

Despite these concerns, Kries speculates that high cases of secondary bacterial infections, such as Group A Strep, may be contributing to the high number of flu deaths. 

Kries says that the flu vaccine appears to be highly effective this year, and she encourages those who have not been vaccinated yet to get their flu shots.