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Officials with the Department for Public Health say for the first time this season, flu activity in Kentucky is now considered widespread, the highest level of flu activity.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state.

That's a 758 percent increase in flu activity. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

"It's still possible to get a flu shot, but it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective", Burton said.

"Getting the flu is an bad experience".

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

"The best protection against the flu virus is vaccination", according to a release on the spike.

"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.

The more people who get it, he said, the less likely there will be a serious flu problem in the country.

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A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions.

Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community.

Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Government officials contend the viruses in flu shots are killed during the production of a vaccine, which means they can not cause infection.

The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's." Flu symptoms include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks. She has worked at Peterson Health for about one year.

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