Focus on Flu

"Focus on Flu" is a patient-focused public health campaign that shares best practices for mitigating another statewide flu epidemic. Focus on Flu seeks to dispel common myths about the flu and flu vaccine, inform patients on steps to take in the event that they do contract the virus, and educate all Kentuckians on preventing the spread of the flu.




The flu vaccine is the first and best line of defense when it comes to fighting the flu. Everyone six months and older is recommended to receive the shot. It takes approximately two weeks for antibodies to develop, so the best time to get the shot is before the flu starts to spread in your community.


If you think you have contracted the flu, consult your physician! Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best when they are started within 2 days of getting sick. It is especially important to consult your physician if you are at high risk for complications from the flu, like young children, those with chronic health conditions, or those 65 and older.


If you do get sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible and take antiviral drugs if your physician prescribes them. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.


KMA and the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) have partnered with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for the Focus on Flu campaign. The mission of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since opening its doors in 2001, the Foundation has invested $27 million in health policy advocacy, research, and demonstration projects across the Commonwealth.