Norton Healthcare providers confirmed 1,104 new flu cases in the 15-county Louisville and Southern Indiana area last week, a slight increase from the week before.
Norton Healthcare providers confirmed 1,104 new flu cases in the 15-county Louisville and Southern Indiana area last week, a slight increase from the week before. Louisville Metro health officials, meanwhile, reported a sharp drop in new cases from the week before.
The city reported 600 confirmed cases last week, down from about 880 reported each of the previous three weeks.
Most of the Norton Healthcare diagnoses confirmed in children last week — 54% — were of the influenza B variety. Among all Norton Healthcare confirmed diagnoses last week, 48% were influenza B.
The current flu vaccine is designed to protect against four strains of flu — two influenza A and two influenza B. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week this season’s vaccine “might offer protection” against influenza B viruses currently circulating around the country.
Influenza B typically shows up late in the season, but the CDC reports it has been infecting people around the country earlier this season.
The number of flu cases treated by Norton Healthcare providers and confirmed through laboratory testing rose 6.5% from the previous week’s revised total of 1,037.
Another 272 cases were diagnosed by Norton Healthcare providers last week based on symptoms and not sent for laboratory confirmation. So far this season, there have been 10,901 diagnosed cases, including 8,267 confirmed by lab tests.
Areas most heavily affected by the flu this season have been in western and southern Louisville and in Bullitt County.
The Elizabethtown, Kentucky, area saw a sharp increase in new Norton Healthcare diagnoses last week. Norton Healthcare operates a pediatrician office in Elizabethtown and recently opened a primary care practice and Norton Immediate Care Center in the area.
A Flu Shot Still Can 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.
Flu Treatment When You Need It
Norton Healthcare has convenient options for flu symptom treatment in kids and adults, including 24/7 access to a provider in person or online.
Flu Prevention Tips
- 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, 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.
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