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Another record breaking week for flu in LouisvilleKy

Louisville, KY – Last week (Feb. 3 – 9) reported cases of flu hit a new high: 921 cases for the week.  Cases are overwhelmingly infulenza strain A.  This brings our total number of flu cases for this season to 4,623.  There have been 6 influenza related deaths. You can see more at our Flu Activity page. You can learn much more about the flu, the flu vaccine, and who should get the vaccine at

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High Number of Flu Cases Reported in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – The week of January 20 – 26 yielded the highest number of confirmed cases reported in one week for this flu season: 595 confirmed cases, ovewhelming majority Type A 4 flu related deaths reported to date Read our Influenza Activity Data Brief here. Best protections against getting the flu are to get the flu shot and wash your hands often with warm water and soap. If you do get the flu, see your doctor, take all prescribed medications, and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to others. More info on flu at

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LouisvilleKY-based WellCare reports Pilot Program Reduces Opioid Dispensing by 50 Percent Among At-Risk Populations

Company to implement program solutions across Medicaid markets in 2018 to help prevent opioid misuse, abuse and addiction LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the nation faces a growing opioid crisis, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, saw a 50 percent reduction in opioid dispensing among members participating in a pharmacy management program in the company’s Kentucky market. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States has quadrupled since 1999, and 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. These numbers…

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LouisvilleKY health officials concerned about rise in Whooping Cough cases

Louisville, KY.,  – A recent spike in whooping cough cases is prompting health officials to remind parents to get their infants immunized on schedule.  Officials also urge parents, grandparents and caregivers as well as older children to get booster vaccine to prevent the disease.   According to CDC data, there were 449 whooping cough cases in Kentucky this year through November 26 compared to 163 cases for all of 2015. Since August 7 there have been six laboratory confirmed whooping cough cases and four additional possible cases in Louisville.  Most of those cases were linked to adults who were unsure…