KS Sees First Flu Cases Of The Season

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - KDHE announced Monday the state's first positive influenza A tests of the season.

At least two cases are reported, one in northeast Kansas, the other in south central Kansas.

“Flu has arrived once again in the state. Although flu activity is normally highest around February and influenza can continue to circulate through spring, the flu can be unpredictable,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer and Director of KDHE’s Division of Health. “Now is an excellent time for everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.”

KDHE says influenza can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and even death. Symptoms of the flu include: fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, and muscle aches.

It's recommended all people ages six months and older receive a flu vaccination to protect themselves. The shot is effective for reducing the chances of getting sick and of spreading the flu. Additional ways to avoid spreading flu virus include covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands, and staying home when sick.

“Now is the time to get vaccinated to protect yourself and everyone around you,” said Sue Bowden, Director of the Kansas Immunization Program. “The flu ends with you!”

For information on receiving the flu vaccine, please contact your family physician or local health department. For example, the Shawnee County Health Agency will hold a flu shot clinic from 3 to 6 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Silver Lake Elementary School. The shots cost $30 and some insurance plans are accepted.

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