Pediatric flu deaths reported in Kentucky and Ohio

"Of the 36 flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children", said the Acting Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard.

"The flu shot doesn't cover the main strain of flu out there", Fryman said.

When it comes to medications for the flu, if you're really miserable, prescription antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu and generic) or zanamivir (Relenza) may shorten the illness by a day or so-which may be of modest benefit to an otherwise healthy person, Pavia says.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted earlier this year that the vaccine in use this season may only be about 32 percent effective against the H3N2 strain of flu that is in widest circulation.

As for getting a bad reaction to the flu shot? Harrie also recommends getting rest and residents isolating themselves until they don't have a fever for at least 24 hours.

According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent.

Flu shot sign in the lobby of Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics on Friday morning, September 8, 2017, in Schodack, N.Y.

In addition, health officials urge vaccination as a way to prevent the spread of flu to those most likely to develop serious complications, which include the very young, the very old and those with other underlying health conditions.

According to Fryman, this year's flu season got started a little later than normal.

- Try to avoid contact with sick people.

"In consideration of the reduced efficacy of this season's flu vaccine and the high number of flu cases, the CDC is encouraging those with flu symptoms to seek out medical care as soon as possible", Resendes said.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. "And if you do become sick, be sure you are staying home and not spreading it to others", said Roberts. It doesn't hurt to call your doctor, however, if you're concerned about your illness or your symptoms seem severe.

  • Santos West