The Center for Disease Control has determined that Kentucky is in a widespread flu outbreak. Across the U.S., a higher rate of deaths are being reported from the flu than last year.
The flu is caused by a virus and is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or touching objects such as doorknobs that have been contaminated with the flu virus. It is spread mainly from person to person through coughing and sneezing. According to the CDC, "most healthy adults may be able to infect others before their symptoms develop and even up to five days after they become sick."
Signs and symptoms of the flu include: high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also common.
It is important to follow some basic health tips to protect yourself from getting the flu as well as spreading the flu. One of the most important ways to keep from getting the flu is to get a flu vaccine. According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health it is not too late to get vaccinated.