As flu season progresses, medical professionals are warning people to take preventive measures even if they got the flu shot. Twenty-six states are dealing with a high number of flu cases, including Kentucky, Texas, California, Illinois, Georgia and Oklahoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
See the CDC’s graphic to find out how hard the flu is hitting your state.
Emergency medicine physician David Biddle of Baptist Health Louisville said this is the most flu cases he’s seen in almost 20 years, Darla Carter writes for Insider Louisville.
“We will still tell people to get the vaccine, but it’s also very, very important to practice those kinds of golden rules of public health: wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands,” said Beth Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and the most important one, obviously, is stay home from work and school if you’re sick, so you’re not exposing other people.”
If you have the flu, it’s especially important to stay away from people who have a high risk for complications, such as pregnant women, children, those with chronic conditions and seniors, Carter reports.