Louisville health officials have announced the first official flu death.
They say the unvaccinated person had underlying medical conditions and died on December 7. Because of patient privacy laws, health officials could not release any other details.
Louisville has seen a sharp rise in flu cases in the past two weeks. There were 202 new laboratory-confirmed cases the week ending on December 7, compared to 121 new laboratory cases the week ending November 30 and 90 new cases the week ending November 23.
Vaccination to prevent the flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications, including:
Children younger than 5, and especially children younger than two
Adults age 65 and older
Pregnant women and women up to two weeks after the baby’s birth
Residents of nursing homes and long-term facilitie
People with chronic medical conditions
People with weakened immune systems
Flu shots are available at physicians’ offices, pharmacies and at many grocery stores. The cost of flu shots is covered by most insurance plans, by Medicare and by Medicaid.