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Peak flu season just getting started in Kentuckiana

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The Louisville Metro Health Department reports more than 1,200 people have tested positive for flu and there's been one death in Kentuckiana. The Louisville Metro Health Department reports more than 1,200 people have tested positive for flu and there's been one death in Kentuckiana.
Dr. Marco Louisse Dr. Marco Louisse

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – High fever, body aches and sore throat, if you've experienced any of these symptoms lately, you're not alone.

It's definitely not a slow year across the country or in Kentuckiana for the flu and doctors warn, we've just entered peak season.

Norton Immediate Care Dr. Marco Louisse said flu season here locally started picking up at the beginning of December, but in the last two weeks they've been swamped.

"2009 was definitely a big year for us that was when H1N1 jumped on the scene and it feels similar to that," said Louisse. "I don't have the numbers to be able to judge if it is worse or better this year, but it's more severe than I've seen since then."

The Louisville Metro Health Department reports more than 1,200 people have tested positive for flu and there's been one death.

"It's hard to tell if it is going to get worse or better, but it still seems like we are getting a lot of cases," said Louisse.

Dr. Louisse said the numbers are always on the low side. "The tests aren't 100 percent, so I always tell people even though your test is negative you probably still have the flu in a lot of cases, just 60 percent of the time does the test actually come up positive," said Louisse.

Louisse said this year's flu shot is a good match for the H1N1 virus.

Most doctors urge that you get a flu shot. While the shot takes a couple weeks to really kick in, it's not too late because flu season can stick around as late as May.

"Sometimes people can feel a little bit achy a day or two afterwards, but the vast majority of people do just fine and there's really no reason not to get a flu shot," said Louisse.

The flu usually sticks around for 5 to 7 days. Doctors suggest staying home from work or school until you are without a fever for 24 hours. 

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