The number of flu cases confirmed in Louisville fell more than 40 percent from the previous week, but officials reported two more flu-related deaths.
Confirmed flu cases at Norton Immediate Care Centers in the Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, fell 37 percent.
Statewide, there were 1,316 new flu cases in week ended Feb. 16, down 33 percent from the week before. There were six flu-related deaths during the week, all of which were adults. There have been 31 flu-related deaths in Kentucky this flu season, including one child.
A flu shot can still help
There’s still time to get a flu shot. While it takes about two weeks for the shot to protect you, it can lessen the severity of symptoms if you catch the virus.
Norton Healthcare primary care physicians and advanced practice providers offer flu care throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Some tips to avoid getting the flu:
- Avoid being face to face with a sick person. If possible, spend as little time as possible in close contact with a sick person.
- When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.
- Wash your hands often and as soon as you’ve had contact with a sick person, and after handling their tissues or laundry.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Stomach flu vs. flu
|Flu symptoms||Nororvirus symptoms|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Stomach pain|
|Body aches||Sometimes fever, headache and body aches|
|Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting|