Kentucky Department of Public Health reports 4 flu-related deaths

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reporting the first four flu-related deaths of the 2019 – 2020 flu season.

The commonwealth is experiencing increased flu cases or flu outbreaks raising the flu activity level to “widespread”, the highest flu activity level.

Flu season is from September until May and officials are reporting over 1,600 confirmed flu cases in the state since the flu season began.

The flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches and is very contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older.

“It is the most important for children and the elderly because they are the most vulnerable population,” said Chris Keyser, executive director of Fairview Community Health Center.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, so it is very important to get the flu shot as soon as possible.