At Owensboro Health, we understand that the most important tool in preventing and containing the spread of the flu virus is reliable and accurate information. As a regional healthcare leader, we are committed to providing information you can trust. You can count on Owensboro Health to be prepared for flu outbreaks or any health-related issue that arises in our community.
Hospital visitation restrictions
Due to widespread flu activity, visitor restrictions at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital are now in place. See current restrictions on the press release.
What Is The Flu?
The flu is a contagious infection of the lungs, nose and throat caused by the influenza virus. Influenza A usually is most prevalent in early winter and early spring, while influenza B tends to appear throughout the year.
Owensboro Health Is Prepared
As your regional healthcare provider, Owensboro Health wants to keep you healthy. While treatment from a healthcare provider is not necessary to recover from most seasonal or H1N1 Flu viruses, Owensboro Health remains continually prepared to provide care at our clinics and hospital should the need arise.
We talk with Green River District Health Department frequently to coordinate efforts and keep abreast of the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We also have response plans in place to ensure adequate staffing and supplies to provide care should the number of patients with flu symptoms increase.
While the level of flu virus in our region remains relatively low, we encourage you to follow these recommendations to protect you and your family from becoming ill.
Flu Shot Effectiveness
In best case scenario, it's about 70 percent effective at preventing people from getting the flu. Even in years where it doesn't match the strains, it reduces by 50 percent. It depends on how well the vaccine matches the strains that are circulating. Sometimes who is most at risk varies with the strain. A lot of it depends on previous immunity and exposures to different types.
Flu Shot Locations