Increased activity for the flu began earlier this season than usual in Kentucky and is expected to continue for several months.
The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, said there's still time to get a flu shot.
Doctors are urging those who have not gotten a flu vaccine to get one. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks".
"The actual vaccine effectiveness was overall about 33 percent", said Wu.
This might mean employers considering more flexible sick-time policies so that employees can stay home without losing wages.
These factors-combined with the administration's heavy cuts to the CDC and related programs that focus on everything from health and research to our overuse of antibiotics and drug-resistant infections-may be putting us just one mutation away from a flu pandemic. "Symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat".
Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.
The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.
"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.