Updated February 12, 2019
To track how flu is circulating in the community, the Health Department monitors flu cases from October to May each year. Cases are reported from local health care providers and hospitals.
Flu monitoring for the 2018-2019 season began on Oct. 1. Through February 2, 2019, a total of 2131 cases of flu have been reported in Northern Kentucky.
During the 2017-2018 flu season, a total of 6,500 cases of flu were reported in Northern Kentucky. Additionally, 30 deaths were reported, all in adults with risk factors that made them more susceptible to complications from flu.
All people age 6 months and older should be vaccinated for flu. The Health Department’s county health centers offer flu vaccine by appointment. Cost is $25, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Flu vaccine is covered by Medicaid and the federal program Vaccine for Children for those who are eligible.
Medicare and most private health insurance providers also cover flu vaccination as a preventive service. While the Health Department will vaccinate anyone who wishes to receive it, individuals with private insurance or Medicare may want to consider getting vaccinated by their health care provider or any of the pharmacies and clinics in Northern Kentucky.
Read the latest news release about seasonal flu.