As families gather to celebrate the holidays, health officials are urging people to make efforts to prevent the spread of the flu.
Kentucky health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week which ends Dec. 8. Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeff Howard says a vaccination is the best protection against spreading the flu this holiday season as friends and family gather together in close quarters. Getting a vaccine is especially important for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Those groups, Howard said, can suffer from more severe complications of getting the flu.
So far there have been 118 confirmed cases this year and there are months left in the annual flu season.
Because it is a preventative measure, the vaccine should be free under most health insurance plans. They are also available without an appointment at many pharmacy-based clinics.