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Baptist Health offers tips to help Kentuckians avoid serious respiratory illnesses, including flu

While the new strain of coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan is making headlines, there are many serious respiratory illnesses to watch for right here at home including flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and pneumonia. Symptoms of these illnesses, such as a cough, runny nose, and fever, might start out as mild, but in the very young, older adults, or people with weakened immune...

Pharmacies could help Ky. teens get vaccinated for virus that causes sex-related cancers

There’s a vaccine for a virus that causes sex-related cancer, but rural teens are less likely to get it or know about it. Rural pharmacies could help improve vaccination rates, writes Casey Daniel, a Ph.D. pharmacist who teaches in the family medicine department at the University of South Alabama. “Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with 80 million...

Flu, pneumonia are 8th largest U.S. cause of death; officials urge all over six months to get flu shot

Flu season is here and will last through February or longer, prompting state health officials to encourage Kentuckians to get their flu vaccinations. “During the holidays families and friends will gather, which increases the potential for exposure to the flu virus,” Dr. Jeffrey Howard, the state’s acting health commissioner, said in a news release. “We urge everyone who hasn’t...

Keven Moore: Legionnaires’ Disease is rampant and deadly; businesses need insurance

Imagine for a minute you and your co-workers are sent to a 3-day work conference in Orlando, Fla. You return home and the next day you have a headache, chills, muscle pains and a high fever. After a couple of days your fever spikes to dangerous levels so you are rushed to the hospital. You wake up eight days later after going into a coma to find yourself on a ventilator fighting for your life. You...

Pneumonia can be serious business, best prevention is to get the vaccine

Pneumonia is nothing to sneeze at. The lung infection, while treatable, is a leading cause of death in Kentucky for those older than 65, and globally among children under five. Pneumonia has been in the news since presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with it last Friday. Late summer seems to be an odd time for pneumonia to surface – as it is often associated with winter weather –...