State Epidemiologist Says It Appears Flu Season is Slowing

Apr 9, 2018


What has been a very significant and, in some cases, deadly flu season appears to be winding down across the Commonwealth.  

State Epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Ballard says data at the end of March showed 251 flu associated death including four pediatric deaths.  Ballard says that compares with 76 such deaths a year ago.  The state health official says it’s been a few years since Kentuckians have experienced a somewhat similar flu season.

“The 2009 H1N1 outbreak, which was atypical.  It was after the flu season and into the summer season that we saw a significant number of deaths including pediatric deaths,” said Ballard.

Ballard says the highest number of flu cases now are being seen in portions of northern Kentucky.  He says the largest majority now are B strain cases, which is an indicator of the end of the flu season.  Ballard says typically the flu season winds up by May