Story by: Joe Hall on December 11, 2017
Bad news, parents: We could be in for a rough flu season.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year. While Kentucky isn’t dealing with a full-on flu outbreak, doctors are treating more and more patients every week.
What’s more, this year’s flu shot may not be up to the task. Though local officials say it’s too early to tell, the same vaccine was only 10 percent effective during Australia’s most recent flu season, which typically sets a pattern for what the U.S. will face.
So, if you haven’t already had your child vaccinated against the flu, is it worth them getting the shot?
With 18 locations across the region, care and compassion are never far away. Same-day sick appointments and Saturday hours are available at some locations.
“You still have coverage and protection against flu if you get the vaccine,” said Teresa P. Crase, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Brownsboro. “Even if the strains are not perfectly well matched for what is circulating, there is some overlap protection. While vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less dangerous form of the illness.”
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“Also, it’s very important to remind your children to practice these healthy habits,” Dr. Crase said. “Germs spread easily at school and in child care settings, which can get a whole class sick in a matter of days.”