The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting widespread flu activity for the first time this flu season. Widespread activity is the highest level, which means increased flu cases or outbreaks in at least half of Kentucky. Officials strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to get a flu shot. They also remind everyone to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way. Be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and stay home if you are sick with flu-like illness. Four adult deaths and one child death have been linked to the flu this season. At this time last season, there were 12 adult deaths. At the end of last flu season, 333 people died in flu-related cases. Five were children. Health officials said there are adequate supplies of flu vaccine and you can get a vaccine at any time, but officials recommend getting it as soon as possible.