Flu cases dip in Louisville and statewide in recent weeks

Confirmed flu cases reported by Louisville Metro and Kentucky public health officials slip in first weeks of the year. It’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and others.

Confirmed flu cases fell slightly in the first weeks of the year in Louisville and statewide, according to local and state health data.

Louisville Metro health officials reported 429 new cases in the week ended Jan. 12. The previous two weeks tallied more than 560 cases each. Confirmed cases so far this season totaled 1,866.

Statewide, there were 953 cases in the week ended Jan. 5 and one adult death from the virus reported during the week. There have been four adult flu deaths and one child flu death in Kentucky this season, the state Department for Public Health reported.

Norton Immediate Care Centers recorded a nearly 2 percent decline in confirmed cases during the week ended Jan. 12. Norton Children’s Medical Associates offices, however, are reporting an increase in child flu cases.

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Primary care physicians and advanced practice providers at Norton Community Medical Associates provide family medicine, including care for the flu, throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana./p>

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Flu prevention

  • Get the flu shot: It is not too late. By getting your flu shot, you are protecting yourself from this season’s anticipated flu strains. The vaccine also may help lessen the severity of flu symptoms if you do catch the flu.
  • Wash your hands: Good hand hygiene is the No. 1 way to stop the spread of germs. Be sure to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and dry with a clean towel, or air dry them.
  • Take care of you: Get lots of rest; drink lots of fluids, especially warm liquids; and eat nutritious, well-balanced meals.

Cold or the flu?

Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usually; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usually; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

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