KDHE: The flu's getting worse in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The number of cases of the flu is on the rise in Kansas and state officials expect it to get worse in the coming months.

On Monday, the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment warned the state is currently experience increased reports in most parts of the state, adding that the number of people catching the flu this year likely hasn't peaked either.

KDHE says they've already tracked four outbreaks so far this season.

Health officials say there is still time to protect yourself and your family and are urging people to get themselves and their families vaccinated.

They point out nearly everyone six months or older should get the vaccine and it's especially important for anyone at a high risk of complications, including babies and young children, older individuals, or some with certain chronic conditions. But, even if you don't fall into the groups, getting vaccinated not only protects yourself, it also protects everyone around you, health officials said.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever;
  • Dry cough;
  • Extreme tiredness, and;
  • Muscle aches.

Complications include:
  • Pneumonia;
  • Ear and sinus infections;
  • Dehydration; and;
  • Other chronic conditions.

KDHE says up to 1 in 5 people may get the flu each year. Last year, the flu was blamed for nearly 100 deaths and may have contributed to more than 1,000 more.