Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Hopkins County Woman First Flu Death in Western Kentucky; Vaccine Still Can Help Prevent

shot needle 300HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/11/14) ― A Hopkins County woman is the first flu-related death in western Kentucky. The middle aged woman died last week of flu-related symptoms.

While an average of 23,000 deaths occur as a result of seasonal flu and complications annually across the U.S., most of the victims have other illnesses present that affects their abilities to survive severe flu symptoms.

According to a story in SurfKY News' media partner WEHT Channel 25, Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield said the woman, who died last week, wasn't be treated for other illnesses at the time of her death.

According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention , flu activity increased in the past week, and widespread activity's been reported in 35 states including Kentucky. 

CDC officials say more than 60 percent of cases are affecting those between the ages of 18 and 64.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that the influenza activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC's national flu surveillance system.

"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky and across much of the nation, now is a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated for flu," said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "We are strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with their health care provider, local health department or pharmacy about vaccine availability."

The flu season can begin as early as October, which is when Kentucky reported its first cases this year, and last through May. January is still a good time to get vaccinated against the flu because peak activity often comes in the early months of the year. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season, and there is a plentiful vaccine supply this season. Since it takes approximately two weeks for vaccine to become fully effective, Kentuckians should not delay vaccination, Dr. Mayfield said.

During the current flu season, CDC has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults infected with the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic strain, which first emerged in 2009.

Healthy, non-pregnant people age 2-49 years can be vaccinated with either the flu shot or the nasal vaccine spray. An intradermal influenza vaccination uses a smaller needle and can be given to adults 18 through 64 years of age. Children younger than 9 years old who did not receive a flu vaccination during the last flu season should receive a second dose four or more weeks after their first vaccination.

For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, please contact your local health department or visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 15, 2014 15240

UPDATE- U.S. Bank Robbery, Bomb Threat…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 11, 2014 5183

Sheriff's Office Rounds Up Three in Drug…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 14, 2014 4971

U.S. Bank Hanson on Lockdown Due to Bomb…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 14, 2014 4822

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 11, 2014 4280

Greenville Police Confirm Official…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 14, 2014 4822

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4140

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 11, 2014 3745

Couple Charged for Trying to Use Funny…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 12, 2014 2640

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 11, 2014 2430

Hopkins County Crime Stoppers Tip Leads…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 14, 2014 970

Grow Garden Grow - Spring Has Sprung

in News by Barbara Cecil Russ
April 13, 2014 777

Two Daviess County Men Busted for…

in Top Stories by Scott Gibbs
April 11, 2014 694

Business Spotlight: Local Entrepreneur…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 11, 2014 454

Daviess County Student Honored in KDA…

in Top Stories by Ted Sloan
April 14, 2014 417

Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 11, 2014 5183

Sheriff's Office Rounds Up Three in Drug…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 11, 2014 4280

Greenville Police Confirm Official…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 11, 2014 3442

Meteorologist Hart Shares Weather Tips,…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 13, 2014 2010

Muhlenberg 4-H is Buzzing

in Top Stories by Janie Culton
April 14, 2014 1361

MCC Staff Shares Good News with…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03