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Only 8.7% of Kentucky’s school districts are not tobacco-free; foundation expects them to be soon

Kentucky Health News Only 15 of Kentucky’s 172 school districts, or 8.7 percent, have not passed a tobacco-free policy to match a state law that will take effect July 1, 2020, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which says it expects nearly all of districts to enact the policy before they have to. The law, for which the foundation campaigned, will ban use of all tobacco products,...

New KHIP poll shows majority of Kentuckians have gotten a flu shot; have you had one yet?

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot in the last 12 months, you’re in the minority in Kentucky. What’s more, you’re putting both yourself and those around you at risk for serious flu complications. According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll report released today, 54 percent of Kentucky adults got a flu vaccine in the past 12 months. The majority of those who didn’t get a...

County Health Rankings show trend of more premature deaths, mostly fueled by drug overdoses

By Danielle Ray Kentucky Health News The premature death rate is getting worse in 44 of Kentucky’s 120 counties and improving in 12 counties, according to a health rankings report released this week. The figure is calculated using data from 1997 through 2014 and is part of the annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and...