The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread
outbreaks of influenza across the U.S. and in Kentucky. The most frequently
identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories
during this flu season is influenza A.
The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some
or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone experiences this symptom)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this
is more common in children than adults
IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A FLU SHOT, it's not too late. King's Daughters Community Relations Department
will be providing FREE flu vaccinations for those age 18 and older at
Members Choice Credit Union, 1401 Central Ave., Ashland, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. It takes your body about two weeks to develop full immunity.
Ways to reduce your risk of developing the flu (while you're waiting
for your shot to kick in):
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you develop flu symptoms, limit your contact with others as much as
possible. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after
your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
(Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw
the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available,
use an alcohol-based hand rub.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with
germs like the flu.