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First confirmed flu cases reported in Fayette County

Stu Johnson

Fayette County health officials are reporting the first three confirmed flu cases for this influenza season. Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall said there are many more flu cases out in the community beyond these lab-confirmed cases.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, Hall noted this is an ideal time with December holidays ahead along with colder winter conditions. “And the peak flu season in Kentucky usually hits in late January and early February, so you want to get the shot now. To get those two weeks to build up the full protection as we head into these times,” said Hall.

During a period of COVID and masking, Hall said it appears more people are getting flu shots. He said those protections help keep the numbers down. “But one of the biggest misconceptions out there is that the flu doesn’t exist anymore and that everything is being considered COVID 19, which is simply not the case. There are separate tests for the flu than there are for COVID 19. And a person can get both at the same time. It is unlikely, but it has happened,” explained Hall.

The health department representative added there’s plenty of flu vaccine available in the Lexington area.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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