Flu cases surging in Louisville area

UPDATE
Friday, Jan. 4: Flu hits Louisville hard as Kentucky officials call the outbreak ‘widespread’

 

It appears flu season is upon us.

Norton Children’s Medical Associates offices in Louisville and Southern Indiana confirmed more than 100 flu cases in the week leading up to Christmas. Previously, local pediatricians had been seeing around 20 positive flu tests each week.

Find a pediatrician

Make an appointment at the Norton Children’s Medical Associates location most convenient to you.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot

While the vaccine doesn’t cover all strains, it can help lessen the severity of your symptoms if you or your child gets sick.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children 6 months and older get the vaccine unless there is a medical reason not to. Children between 6 months and 8 years old who have never gotten the vaccine should get two doses four weeks apart to get the best response. Previously vaccinated children may need only one dose.

Is it a cold or the flu?

Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usually; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usually; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

 


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