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"The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season".

Flu is now widespread in Kentucky, meaning there are flu-outbreaks in half of Kentucky's regions.

Take a look at the chart below to compare this season's flu cases with last season, with consideration of the average over the last 5 seasons in yellow.

"For the west coast we usually see a spike for flu season in February, and we might be seeing our spike earlier this year".

'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.

If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable.

Influenza is a respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

Peterson Health officials said if a person feels afraid of getting the flu shot itself, they should try to get past that and get the vaccine.

Believe it or not, wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

She also stressed avoiding touching the T-zone on your face - the eyes, nose and mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. People without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

A vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system.