The spread of flu cases leveled off last week after three weeks of declines.
Norton Healthcare providers confirmed 582 flu cases in the 15-county Louisville and Southern Indiana area last week, virtually the same number as the week before and ending three weeks of significant declines in the number of new cases.
Last week’s total compared with a revised 588 new cases diagnosed by Norton Healthcare providers and confirmed through laboratory tests. The weekly count of new cases had been declining since the week ended Feb. 8, when a revised 1,126 new cases were confirmed.
In addition to last week’s confirmed cases, Norton Healthcare providers diagnosed another 215 cases based on symptoms and did not seek laboratory confirmation.
Influenza B, which typically emerges late in the flu season and can be more severe in children, got an early start this season and accounts for about half of all confirmed cases so far. Among the flu cases confirmed last week, 248 were influenza B, and 155 of those were in children.
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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Louisville Flu Cases Diagnosed by Norton Healthcare Providers This Season
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