People who get COVID-19 shots may experience flu-like symptoms afterward. That’s normal, says Dr. Hugh Shoff, and it’s a “good thing.” (Getty Images)
Both children were unvaccinated against their respective viruses, according to the department. It’s unclear how old they were or where in the state they were located.
“Influenza and COVID-19 are serious illnesses that unfortunately can be deadly for some people, including young children,” Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said in a statement. “It is important for people who have not been vaccinated to get their updated influenza and COVID-19 vaccines this season, along with other recommended immunizations, to protect themselves.”
To find a vaccine by ZIP code, visit https://www.vaccines.gov. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone starting at 6 months old get annual flu and COVID-19 shots.
State data shows Kentucky hospitalizations for influenza are currently high. COVID-19, flu and RSV levels are elevated. Respiratory illnesses “have been elevated above baseline levels for the fifth consecutive week,” the KDPH said.
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