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It's not too late to get your flu shot. LCDHD offers the flu vaccine in all 10 of our county health departments.
Kentucky Health News:
Kentucky has seen 785 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza since the flu season started in late September, and health officials say there are many more. So far the hot spot has been around Hazard.
A recent uptick in cases has prompted the state health department to upgrade the state's flu activity level to "regional," a classification that is applied when increases in flu cases have been confirmed in at least two, but fewer than half, of the state's 17 regions.
According to the weekly influenza surveillance report, during the week of Nov. 17-23, 275 new cases were reported in Kentucky, with increases in four of the state's 17 regions. No flu-related deaths have been reported this season.
Last season, the state had 17,665 confirmed cases and 196 flu-related deaths, including two children.
A county-by-county map shows that Perry and Jefferson counties have reported the most cases. Perry County, which has about 28,000 people, has reported 155 cases this season, with 60 of them during the week of Nov. 17-23. Jefferson County, which has more than 750,000 people, has reported 149 flu cases, with 91 surfacing that week.
Counties bordering Perry were also high on the list: Knott with 65 cases, Leslie with 69, and Letcher with 35. Nearby Pike County had 49. Bullitt County also had 35 cases. That said, every region of the state has seen some flu activity this season.
Knott, Leslie, Letcher and Perry counties are all in the Kentucky River District Health Department in Eastern Kentucky. Its director, Scott Lockard, said the actual flu numbers are likely higher since they only include lab-confirmed cases, and providers often quit testing for flu when they are in the full swing of the season. "We've had a lot more sick people than that," he said.
Lockard said the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. He said his health department is constantly working to encourage people to get vaccinated and to dispel much of the misinformation that persists about immunization.
"It's an uphill battle with education about that," he said. "It just concerns me that there's so much misinformation about vaccines in general and flu vaccines."
For example, he said, many people believe things that are just not true: that getting a flu shot will cause them to get the flu, or that it's better to get the flu than the vaccine, especially if they are in generally good health.
Lockard stressed that getting a flu shot is not just about an individual's self-protection, but is also about protecting the community by promoting "herd immunity," which occurs when enough people have been immunized against a disease to protect others who are not immunized. Some can't get vaccinated because their immune systems are too weak, or because they are too young.
"It's not always about you, it's about your elderly grandmother that you go see. It's about the baby you are around," Lockard said, adding later, "I think people underestimate the flu. They don't realize how deadly it can actually be to our very old and our very young."
So far this season, about 250 of Kentucky's 785 lab-confirmed cases have been in children under 10, and about 100 have been among those from 10 to 20, highlighting the importance of getting children vaccinated -- especially because they are more vulnerable to serious complications of the flu, including death.
Lockard also advised to not underestimate the importance of following good hygiene practices to prevent the flu, like covering your cough and making sure you are washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
"There's a big difference in washing your hands and getting your germs wet," he said.
He also stressed the importance of avoiding close contact with those who are sick, staying home when sick, and keeping frequently touched surfaces -- like door knobs and handrails -- clean and disinfected. He also discouraged shaking hands with others during the flu season, calling it "the worst thing you can do." That can be hard during the holiday season, but flu is very contagious.
Flu symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.
Persons who develop symptoms should contact their medical provider immediately to determine if they are a good candidate for treatment with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over six months of age get a flu shot, and it especially encourages people who may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences to get one, including children 6 months to 5 years old and their caregivers; women who are or might be pregnant during flu season; people 50 and older and their caregivers; obese people; those with chronic health problems; residents of long-term care facilities, and health-care workers.
Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season, but take about two weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.
If you're looking for a place to get your flu shot, the CDC offers an interactive "flu vaccine finder" that allows you to type in your ZIP code to find nearby locations that offer shots. Local health departments offer the vaccine. Medicaid and Medicare and most private insurance providers cover flu vaccination at no cost to the patient as a preventive service.
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Week 49 of the 52 Weeks to Health: Flu
Every December we celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week to remind everyone about preventing influenza, a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. Vaccination is needed every season because the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, and because flu viruses are constantly changing, which necessitates annual updates of the formulation of the flu vaccine. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
There is still a possibility you could get the flu even if you got vaccinated. The ability of flu vaccine to protect a person depends on various factors, including the age and health status of the person being vaccinated, and also the similarity or “match” between the viruses used to make the vaccine and those circulating in the community; if they are closely matched, vaccine effectiveness is higher. If they are not closely matched, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced. However, even when the viruses are not closely matched, the vaccine can still protect many people and prevent or lessen flu related complications.
The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that may occur are: soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, low grade fever and body aches.
Another goal of National Influenza Vaccination Week is to communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
For people at high risk, getting the flu can be more serious than for other people. Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people at high risk.
Anyone who gets flu can pass it to someone at high risk of severe illness, including infants younger than 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine.
Although a majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza.
About 100 deaths from influenza among children are reported each year to the CDC.
Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, pneumonia, need for antibiotics, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. All of us know someone who has been touched by this disease, yet many adults have Type 2 diabetes and do not know it. Could you be one of them? Learn more: https://www.lcdhd.org/2019/11/05/november-is-diabetes-awareness-month/
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
How to Quit Tobacco
The first step to quitting smoking, vaping and using tobacco is to understand the risks and health effects for you and your family.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S. It's linked to about one third of all deaths from heart disease and 90% of lung cancers.
Cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco products contain many toxic chemicals, as do their smoke, vapor and liquids.
About half of U.S. children ages 3-11 are exposed to secondhand smoke and vapor.
Tobacco use and nicotine addiction is a growing crisis for teens and young adults.\You can be one of the millions of people who successfully quit every year.
Within 1 year after quitting, your risk of heart disease goes down by half.
Make a Plan to Quit
You’re more likely to quit tobacco for good if you prepare by creating a plan that fits your lifestyle.
Set a quit date within the next 7 days.
Choose a method: cold turkey or gradually.
Decide if you need help from a health care provider, nicotine replacement or medicine.
Prepare for your quit day by planning how to deal with cravings and urges.
Quit on your quit day.
Tips for Success
Deal with Urges: Whether physical or mental, learn your triggers and make a plan to address them. Avoid situations that make you want to smoke or use tobacco until you’re confident that you can handle them.
Get Active: Physical activity can help you manage the stress and cravings when quitting. You'll feel better, too. heart.org/MoveMore
Handle Stress: Learn other healthy ways to manage the stress of quitting. heart.org/BeWell
Get Support: A buddy system or support program can help you with some of the common struggles of quitting. 1-800-QuitNow
Stick with It: Quitting tobacco takes a lot of willpower. Reward yourself when you reach milestones and forgive yourself if you take a step backward. Get back on course as soon as possible to stay on track and kick the habit for good.
Learn more at heart.org/MyLifeCheck and heart.org/Weight.
Mrs. Shirley Roberson Daulton and her awesome “Freedom from Smoking” participants! She currently has 11 in this group. Such an amazing effort by all of them. Thank you for your motivation and hard work, Mrs. Shirley!
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Our Pulaski County HANDS staff and the Pulaski County Early Childhood Council partnered in a Fall Festival at Firebrook Park in Pulaski county this past Saturday, Oct. 19th. The festival was centered around information and services for children age 0-5 years.
HANDS is a program for anyone with a child up to age 2 years old. Enrollment is open to pregnant women and parents of children up to 3 months old. Through the program, parents will have someone to visit with them, listen to their concerns, lend helpful advice, and provide information on child development. HANDS also hosts fun events for the families.
wric.com A company in Japan is offering its non-smoking workers an extra six days off per year to off-set the amount of time those who smoked took during cigarette breaks.
There is possible other illnesses in other states too! Be informed.
wfpl.org Kentucky is investigating one potential case of a mysterious vaping-related lung illness that’s linked to a nationwide outbreak.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking bold action to protect kids by stopping the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in her state. We strongly support her efforts to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Flavored e-cigarettes have fueled this public health emergency and endangered millions of kids.
Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky
“I didn’t think it would lead to me literally being on my death bed."
Vaping illness: Acute respiratory failure nearly killed Alexander Mitchell and doctors blame e-cigarettes - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/OoXO30ppAMB
kentuckytoday.com FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Foundation For A Healthy Kentucky has launched a new campaign to educate teens and young adults about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.
Congratulations to one of our partners!
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce celebrates MONTICELLO BANKING COMPANY as the Chamber SPOTLIGHT business of the week for August 19-23!
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Teen’s Two-Pod A Day Juul Addiction Caused Massive Stroke, Lawsuit Says https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrickcai/2019/07/18/teen-two-pod-a-day-juul-addiction-caused-massive-stroke-lawsuit-vaping-e-cigarettes/
What a good read!
For all of the people who constantly say “let the addict die”, this is for you. As a result of Narcan, I was given another opportunity to live. As a result of Narcan, I get to be a father today. As a result of Narcan, I have been able to place thousands of people into treatment over the past couple of years. As a result of Narcan, I have been able to carry a message of freedom to countless people. As a result of Narcan, I am able to help restore my community. As a result of Narcan, I am able to be a loving son. As a result of Narcan, I am able to thrive! The only thing that Narcan enables is breathing. Since when did we become so desensitized as a society, that we think it’s ok to let any person die. Cast this out and show the world that Narcan saves lives, and the life that it saves might just be the person that helps your loved one find hope.
- Rich Walters
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
HEPATITIS A PREVENTION
There are several strategies to prevent the spread of hepatitis A virus, discussed below. Hand washing is one of the most effective strategies for reducing transmission since the virus can live on a person's fingers for up to four hours.
Hand hygiene — Hand washing is an essential and effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Hands should ideally be wet with water and plain or antimicrobial soap and rubbed together for 15 to 30 seconds. Special attention should be paid to the fingernails, between the fingers, and the wrists. Hands should be rinsed thoroughly and dried with a single-use towel.
It is not clear if alcohol-based hand rubs are effective against hepatitis A virus. For this reason, food handlers, daycare providers, travelers, and anyone else who is at risk of transmitting or becoming infected with hepatitis A is advised to wash their hands with soap and water when possible. Alcohol-based hand rubs are a reasonable alternative if a sink is not available.
Hands should be cleaned after changing a diaper or touching any soiled item. They should also be washed before and after preparing food and eating, after going to the bathroom, and after handling garbage or dirty laundry.
Safe food preparation — Taking precautions when preparing foods can reduce the risk of becoming ill. The following precautions have been recommended by the Food Safety and Inspection Services and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
●Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk or foods that contain unpasteurized milk.
●Wash raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating.
●Keep the refrigerator temperature at 40ºF (4.4ºC) or lower; the freezer at 0ºF (-17.8ºC) or lower.
●Use precooked, perishable, or ready-to-eat food as soon as possible.
●Keep raw meat, fish, and poultry separate from other food.
●Wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked food, including produce and raw meat, fish, or poultry.
●Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources to a safe internal temperature: ground beef 160ºF (71ºC); chicken 170ºF (77ºC); turkey 180ºF (82ºC); pork 160ºF (71ºC).
●Cook chicken eggs thoroughly, until the yolk is firm.
●Refrigerate foods promptly. Never leave cooked foods at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if the room temperature is above 90ºF/32ºC).
People who are preparing to travel to areas where hepatitis A is common should take precautions when eating and drinking to avoid becoming ill. If you are planning international travel, you can visit a travel medicine clinic to better understand your risk as well as what precautions you can take. Travel advice is discussed in more detail separately. (See "Patient education: General travel advice (Beyond the Basics)", section on 'Food and water precautions'.)
Hepatitis A vaccination — Available vaccines to prevent infection with hepatitis A virus include VAQTA and HAVRIX. Both are equally effective and protect nearly 100 percent of people who receive the recommended two doses for a lifetime. The initial dose of either vaccine usually provides adequate short-term protection, and the subsequent dose provides long-term protection. Thus, if a person does not have time to receive both doses before traveling, it is worth getting the first dose and then completing the second 6 to 12 months later.
The most common side effect of the hepatitis A virus vaccine is brief redness or discomfort at the injection site.
●Hep A vaccine is given in two doses, with the second dose given 6 to 18 months after the first.
If the second dose is not given within the recommended time frame, it can be given without restarting the series. A vaccination series started with one brand of vaccine may be completed with the same or the other brand of hepatitis A vaccine.
In the United States, hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all children between 12 and 23 months of age. It is also recommended for children ages 2 to 18 who live in states or communities in which hepatitis A is common. (See "Patient education: Vaccines for infants and children age 0 to 6 years (Beyond the Basics)".)
The hepatitis A virus vaccine is also recommended for all at-risk individuals, including:
●Travelers to countries where hepatitis A virus is common; the vaccine can be given at any time before traveling.
•Babies 6 to 11 months who are travelling internationally should receive the vaccine; the travel-related dose should not be counted toward the routine two-dose series.
●Injection and noninjection illegal drug users.
●Men who have sex with men.
●People with chronic liver disease.
●People with blood clotting factor disorders.
●Anyone who is in close personal contact with a person who was adopted from a country in which hepatitis A is common during the first 60 days following arrival in the United States (eg, family members or caregivers).
●People who are in direct contact with others who have hepatitis A.
●People who are homeless.
The hepatitis A vaccine can be given to women during pregnancy, as it has not shown to be associated with an increased risk of problems. Women who are at risk for hepatitis A and are pregnant should talk with their health care provider about whether they should get the vaccine.
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