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H1N1 Declines in Kentucky

by scrosby on December 23, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The number of cases of H1N1, or swine flu, in Kentucky continues to decline.
In the last three weeks, Kentucky has seen no new deaths attributed to H1N1, or swine flu. The death toll remains at 36, including three children.

State Health Commissioner Dr. William Hacker says Kentucky’s classification on the spread of swine flu has also been downgraded.

“We have gone from widespread to now regional spread in terms of flu activity,” says Hacker. “There are four different categories and this is the second highest level – the category is regional spread. Which means we are still seeing a lot of flu, it’s just that it’s not quite at the peak it was in late October and early November.”

Dr. Hacker says the state still isn’t seeing much in the way of seasonal flu, but that could change in coming months. Right now, swine flu is predominant.

There is considerably more vaccine now available, and health officials say it’s still not too late to get a swine flu shot.

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Governor Teams Up With PBS 'Sid' for H1N1 Ads

by scrosby December 14, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky is joining a national public service campaign touting the importance of swine flu vaccines, especially for children. In Kentucky, the TV ads feature Gov. Steve Beshear and Sid the Science Kid of PBS. Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says Kentucky is one […]

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H1N1 Cases Decline in Kentucky

by scrosby December 10, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh H1N1, or swine flu, cases in Kentucky continue to decline, but state health officials say the recent development is no cause for complacency. Swine flu has now claimed at least 36 lives in Kentucky and remains widespread, but health officials say, in recent weeks, they’ve seen fewer cases of […]

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School Vaccinations On Track, More Than 17,000 Doses Administered

by Gabe Bullard December 8, 2009

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness officials say they’re on track to provide H1N1 vaccinations at every school in the city.

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Health Officials Urge Diligence Against H1N1 During Holiday

by Rick Howlett November 25, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky has seen a slight decline in H1N1 flu cases in recent weeks, and state health officials are hoping the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will help continue the trend.  Kentucky Health Commissioner Dr. William Hacker says flu activity usually drops off when school is out.  “In a public forum, like shopping […]

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H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Set For West Louisville

by Rick Howlett November 19, 2009

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic next week in west Louisville for people at high risk of contracting the swine flu. Officials say three-thousand doses of H1N1 vaccine will be administered next Tuesday, November 24 at the New Zion Baptist Church at 1501 South 34th Street. […]

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Kentucky's Swine Flu Death Toll Is Six

by Rick Howlett October 14, 2009

Health officials say a 39 yeaw old Scott County, Kentucky man is the state’s sixth H1N1, or swine flu fatality. Matt Finger died at home on October 3. Authorities say Finger had no apparent underlying health problems. Other H1N1 deaths have been recorded in Fayette (2), Jefferson, Caldwell and Christian Counties.

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Lexington Woman Is State's Fifth H1N1 Victim

by Rick Howlett October 12, 2009

Health officials say a 60 year old Lexington woman has died from the H1N1 flu. It’s the second confirmed H1N1 death in Fayette County and the fifth in Kentucky. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says the woman had other underlying health conditions. Kentucky has also confirmed H1N1 deaths in Jefferson,  Christian and Caldwell Counties.

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Kosair Tests Portable ER For Possible H1N1 Surge

by Rick Howlett October 9, 2009

From WFPL’s Haley Hart As part of their emergency preparedness plan, officials at Kosair Children’s Hospital tested a portable field hospital Friday. The inflatable tent can double the hospital’s overflow capacity. Safety Director Bill Farrell says the test was prompted by the possibility of escalating H1N1 cases. “Our ERs have in September hit record numbers […]

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Indiana Launches Flu Shot Campaign

by Rick Howlett October 7, 2009

Officials in Indiana are launching a statewide media campaign to enourage people to get vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1 flu. Governor Mitch Daniels and State Health Department Commissioner Judy Monroe announced the campaign as they received their seasonal flu shots Wednesday in the governor’s office. The first shipments of H1N1 vaccine have begun […]

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