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EDGEWOOD, Ky. - The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the influenza activity level in the commonwealth has increased from "regional" to "widespread."

Widespread is the classification used for the highest level of flu activity.

The new classification is exactly what physicians are seeing right now in Northern Kentucky. The Northern Kentucky Health Department reports the number of flu cases it has seen has doubled since Dec. 3.

"We went from 45 last week to 93," Director of Clinical Services Jennifer Hunter said.

Hunter told 9 On Your Side that at this time in 2011 the health department had only 10 reported cases of flu.

She suggests one of the reasons for the increase in flu cases is that people are delaying receiving their vaccinations. Unlike previous years, Hunter said, there is an abundance of the vaccine this flu season.

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