Kentucky Public Health

Flu Cases Remain Widespread Across Kentucky

Jan 12, 2018

Kentucky health officials are reporting two children are among the 36 flu related deaths this influenza season.  The average age for the remainder of Kentuckians who died from flu related complications is 75.  

State Epidemiologist Jonathan Ballard says flu shots remain a priority recommendation.  He says it’s been particularly affective in protecting against influenza type B. “Even if the flu vaccine is not as effective for influenza A that we’re seeing at the current time, it may very well help anyone get influenza B at the end of the flu season,” said Ballard.

Zika Could Threaten Rural Ky Communities

May 14, 2017
Stu Johnson

Hundreds of health care and other officials gathered in Lexington Thursday for a Zika Summit.  

State infectious disease specialist Dr. Ardis Hoven says local health departments in rural communities are being called upon to educate community leaders about the mosquito-born virus. “At the end of this month actually the preparedness branch is going to be doing more work on the environmental side, the vector control side and in educating groups involved in those communities as well,” said Hoven.