Updated February 6, 2020
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 2019-2020 season began on Oct. 1. Through January 31, a total of 3,941 cases of flu have been reported in Northern Kentucky, and five deaths have been reported.
During the 2018-2019 flu season, a total of 6,514 cases of flu were reported in Northern Kentucky. Additionally, nine deaths were reported.
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.