LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Flu season is here and health officials say it's likely to get worse.
Three influenza deaths among children have already been reported to CDC so far this season.
"Cover your cough, wash your hands and stay home if you're sick."
That's advice from Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of Metro Louisville Public Health and Wellness.
Dr. Nesbitt says flu cases are on the rise.
"In the past couple of weeks, we've had about 16 confirmed cases come in from hospitals and about 300 positive rapid tests," she told WDRB.
Kids six months through four years and folks 65 and older are among those most vulnerable.
"We really make sure that children and pregnant women, anyone with a chronic health condition, we really want to make sure they have the opportunity to get vaccinated," Dr. Nesbitt said.
She says symptoms can seem minor and escalate quickly.
"People that have the flu may feel a little fever, a cough, a runny nose, headache."
She recommends you get a flu shot if you haven't already, even if you have those minor symptoms.
"It's still okay for you to go in and get a flu shot."
One of the easiest places to catch a virus is at the gym.
At Get Fit 24/7 in St. Matthews, trying to keep things germ-free is a constant job.
"Everything here, cleanliness is our number one priority."
Cynthia Williams, GM and Director of Personal Training, says she's constantly wiping down surfaces.
"As staff, we go through twice a day and wipe down each piece of equipment that is used as well as ask our members to clean once they're done using their piece of equipment," said Williams.
She says they can't make members stay home, so during flu season, employees work extra hard to keep germs off equipment.
"We definitely notice those that maybe cough or sneeze more. We just make sure that we clean the surface even more behind and maybe use two wipes instead of one," Williams said.
"Wash your hands as frequently as possible to prevent the spread of flu," added Dr. Nesbitt.
Again, health officials say it's not too late for a flu shot, and encourage anyone to make appointments at the following pubic health centers:
Dixie Health Center 7219 Dixie Highway502-937-7277 Middletown Health Center 200 Juneau Drive 502-245-1074Newburg Health Center 4810 Exeter Avenue 502-458-0778
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