The Kentucky Department for Public Health has reported the first two positive influenza cases this week in Henderson and Jefferson Counties.
Health officials say information concerning the two cases will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for documentation as part of a statewide flu surveillance effort.
Officials say Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as sporadic, the lowest level indicating flu activity, which typically begins in October or November.
Kentuckians are encouraged to get a flu vaccine as soon as their health provider has it in stock, since it takes about two weeks for immunity to develop and protect against flu.
Officials are recommending that individuals over 6 months old should get vaccinated.
According to the CDC, individuals who should especially receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include; pregnant women; people 50 years old or older, people with chronic health problems, people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, health care workers, caregivers and people with children under 6 months old.
According to the CDC, pneumococcal disease kills more people in the U.S. each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined.
Officials say between 20,000 and 40,000 deaths are attributed to flu and pneumonia nationally each year, with more than 90 percent of those deaths occurring in people age 65 and older.