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Health officials: 2 flu-related deaths reported in NKY

Posted at 12:50 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 19:26:42-05

Officials are urging people to get vaccinated as two flu-related deaths have been reported in Northern Kentucky, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

One adult and one child have died of the flu this season, according to spokeswoman Laura Brinson.

Two people died within the health department’s district, which includes Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant Counties, Brinson said. Officials could not specify where exactly the people died.

As of Dec. 7, about 335 flu cases have been reported across the four counties, and officials are urging people to get the flu shot.

“Sadly, this is a tragic reminder to all of us that flu is a serious condition,” NKY Health District Director of Health Lynne Saddler said. “We strongly urge everyone to please protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness by getting a flu shot. It is the best way to reduce the risk from flu and its serious complications.”

Flu symptoms last five to seven days for most people, but for some people — young children, pregnant women, elderly people and people with certain health conditions — the flu can be serious to life threatening.

Medicaid, Medicare and most private health insurance providers cover flu vaccination as a preventive service. You can visit your health care provider or the many pharmacies and clinics in Northern Kentucky offering the flu shot. The Health Department also offers flu vaccines by appointment at its four county health centers.

Click here for more information about the flu vaccine.