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Posted: Wednesday, 08 January 2014 7:45AM

Flu spreading in Kentucky



FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials are reporting widespread flu activity in the state and say it's not too late to be vaccinated against the disease.

The state reports the level of influenza activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and this week increased the level from regional to widespread, which is the highest level. It indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state's regions.

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield says anyone who hasn't been vaccinated should check with their health care provider, health department or pharmacy, especially anyone who is at high risk for flu-related complications.

Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

For more information, visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov .

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