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Flu still widespread in all parts of Kentucky


For the fifth straight week Kentucky health officials are reporting widespread flu activity in the state.  

Deputy Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said that is the highest level of activity but not unusual for January.

“What is a bit unusual is that we started to report widespread activity in the early part of December and have continued to report it then for these last 5 weeks,” Humbaugh said.  “So it started a bit earlier this season.”

Humbaugh said best protection is still a flu shot.

“And even though this year’s flu vaccine is not as well matched to covering the circulating strains as we’d like to see,” Humbaugh said.  “It’s still the best way to help prevent the flu.”

Humbaugh also suggests frequently washing your hands, not touching your nose or mouth and avoiding large crowds.

So far this flu season, 26 people have died from influenza in Kentucky and 70 percent of them were 65 and older.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.