Health officials confirm flu-related death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Health officials in Kentucky say a flu-related death has been confirmed in Lexington.
A statement from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Tuesday said it is the state’s first flu-related death of the 2018-19 season. Officials are recommending that everyone ages 6 months and above get a flu shot. The agency is offering free flu shots Thursday in a special one-day clinic.
The state said the person who died also had other health complications.
The announcement comes about a month after a coalition of health agencies announced a statewide campaign aimed at preventing an epidemic-level flu season like last year, when more than 10,000 people were infected.
Officials say typically only 38 percent of adults and 44 percent of children get a flu shot, and they are urging more people to get vaccinated.