With a Polar Vortex causing Kentucky temperatures plummet below zero, the last thing people want to hear is that there is an outbreak of flu in the area, but that is exactly what appears to be happening. According to an article published by Courier-journal.com on Jan 7, officials are warning people to get a flu shot because of a widespread outbreak.
The Courier-journal.com reports that the state Department for Public Health announced on Tuesday that flu level rose from regional to widespread, which means there are flu-like outbreaks affecting at least half the state.
An earlier report from CNN states that the CDC is reporting widespread outbreaks of flu-like case in at least 25 other states as well. The states will high flu activity include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state, and Wyoming.
Reports indicate that around 200,000 people in the U.S. get the flu every year. Official say that the elderly, young children, and people with chronic health conditions are at the greatest risk of developing complications from the flu, so they should get a flu shot as soon as possible.
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